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

Graham, Yitka (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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Abstract

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
Depositing User: Yitka Graham

Identifiers

Item ID: 14745
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/osp4.606
ISSN: 2055-2238
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/14745
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/os...

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ORCID for Yitka Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6206-1461

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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 10:53
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 10:53

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Author: Yitka Graham ORCID iD

University Divisions

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

Subjects

Sciences > Nursing
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