Perceived Determinants of Cancer Screenings in Women with Diabetes.

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      This investigation aimed to describe perceptions among women with diabetes related to cancer screening. Factors related to the use of preventive cancer screening can be complex. Consequently, a systems and ecological model, such as Green and Kreuter's Precede Model, was chosen as the organizing framework. Three focus groups of diabetic women 40 years and older were conducted at sites in northern Florida. Participants felt cancer screening was extremely important to them and listed their doctor as the most likely person to influence them to be tested. Most of the women did not feel their chronic illness increased their risk for cancer. Despite dealing with a chronic illness, they reported that they would want to know if they had cancer, be presented with options, and allowed to make their individual, informed choice. Moreover, they support encouraging all women to be educated and encouraged to participate in cancer-screening programs. Nonetheless, providers may neglect preventive care for women with chronic illness. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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