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Keywords:

  • Breast screening;
  • types A and B;
  • life events;
  • age;
  • immune system;
  • coping

Abstract

Two thousand one hundred and sixty-three women completed an extensive set of psychosocial measures prior to a breast examination. These women were subsequently diagnosed as having cancer, a cyst, benign breast disease or normal breasts. It was found that the cancer group had experienced significantly more loss- or illness-related events, perceived life events generally as more stressful, used fewer and poorer coping skills and were significantly lower on type A behaviour.