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dc.contributor.authorVrinten, Charlotteen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMcGregor, Lesley Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorHeinrich, Małgorzataen_UK
dc.contributor.authorvon Wagner, Christianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWaller, Joen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWardle, Janeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBlack, Georgia Ben_UK
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-20T00:05:05Z-
dc.date.available2019-09-20T00:05:05Z-
dc.date.issued2017-08en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30126-
dc.description.abstractBackground Cancer has long inspired fear, but the effect of fear is not well understood; it seems both to facilitate and to deter early diagnosis behaviours. To elucidate fear's behavioural effects, we systematically reviewed and synthesised qualitative literature to explore what people fear about cancer. Methods We searched Medline, Embase, PsycInfo, Web of Science, AnthroSource, and Anthrobase for studies on cancer fear in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening and analysed 102 studies from 26 countries using thematic synthesis. Results Fears of cancer emanated from a core view of cancer as a vicious, unpredictable, and indestructible enemy, evoking fears about its proximity, the (lack of) strategies to keep it at bay, the personal and social implications of succumbing, and fear of dying from cancer. Conclusions This view of cancer as ‘an enemy’ reprises the media's ‘war on cancer’ theme and may affect the acceptance of cancer early detection and prevention messages, since cancer's characteristics influenced whether ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ was considered appropriate.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherWileyen_UK
dc.relationVrinten C, McGregor LM, Heinrich M, von Wagner C, Waller J, Wardle J & Black GB (2017) What do people fear about cancer? A systematic review and meta-synthesis of cancer fears in the general population. Psycho-oncology, 26 (8), pp. 1070-1079. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4287en_UK
dc.rights© 2016 The Authors. Psycho‐Oncology Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_UK
dc.subjectcanceren_UK
dc.subjectfearen_UK
dc.subjectoncologyen_UK
dc.subjectscreeningen_UK
dc.subjectworryen_UK
dc.titleWhat do people fear about cancer? A systematic review and meta-synthesis of cancer fears in the general populationen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/pon.4287en_UK
dc.identifier.pmid27643482en_UK
dc.citation.jtitlePsycho-Oncologyen_UK
dc.citation.issn1099-1611en_UK
dc.citation.issn1057-9249en_UK
dc.citation.volume26en_UK
dc.citation.issue8en_UK
dc.citation.spage1070en_UK
dc.citation.epage1079en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderCancer Research UKen_UK
dc.citation.date19/09/2016en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity College Londonen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000407247600002en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-84990932221en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid1399370en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-7093-1391en_UK
dc.date.accepted2016-09-15en_UK
dc.description.refREF Eligible with Permitted Exceptionen_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2019-09-13en_UK
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