Whilst breast cancer remains the most common cancer amongst women in the United Kingdom, advances in medicine have seen survival rates improve over the years and the number of women living with the residual consequences of the disease and its treatment is growing. Women are likely to undergo a number of treatments at once, or in succession of one another, each of which brings about various changes to appearance, e.g. hair loss. These wide ranging appearance alterations can impose an adverse impact on body image, causing substantial distress for many women (Dahl et al., 2010).
This article reviews research exploring the body image of women with breast cancer, a group who experience a wide range of changes to their appearance as a side effect of treatment for the disease.
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