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A systematic review of obesity as a barrier to accessing cancer screening services

Graham, Yitka, Hayes, Catherine, Cox, Julie, Mahawar, Kamal, Fox, Ann and Yemm, Heather (2022) A systematic review of obesity as a barrier to accessing cancer screening services. Obesity Science and Practice. ISSN 2055-2238

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Obesity is a known risk factor for the development of cancers, and a significant proportion of the population may be at risk of developing cancer owing to their weight status. There is acknowledged societal stigma towards people living with obesity which can influence health behaviours and deter help seeking, such as cancer screening. Healthcare professionals’ attitudes and views towards people living with obesity may adversely affect the patient-professional interface and treatment. This review aimed to explore the impact of living with obesity on the uptake of three main cancer screening services; breast, cervical and colorectal. Ten studies were included in the review. Three main areas were identified from both a patient and healthcare professional perspective; barriers and challenges to screening, gender issues, and disparities in the population living with obesity. It is recommended that further research is undertaken with people living with obesity to understand how to improve uptake of cancer screening services, and for education on weight bias, which is often unconscious, to be considered for healthcare professionals working in cancer screening services. This may help to increase the incidence of early differential diagnosis of potential cancers and improve health outcomes for people living with obesity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Obesity, barriers, cancer screening
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Depositing User: Yitka Graham


Item ID: 14745
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ISSN: 2055-2238
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ORCID for Yitka Graham: ORCID iD
ORCID for Catherine Hayes: ORCID iD
ORCID for Heather Yemm: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 10:53
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 11:21


Author: Yitka Graham ORCID iD
Author: Catherine Hayes ORCID iD
Author: Heather Yemm ORCID iD
Author: Julie Cox
Author: Kamal Mahawar
Author: Ann Fox

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Sciences > Nursing

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