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Physical and psychological scars: The impact of breast cancer on women's body image

Lewis-Smith, Helena

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Abstract

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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Lewis-Smith, H. (2015). Physical and psychological scars: The impact of breast cancer on women's body image. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 4(2), 80-83. https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2015.4.2.80

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2015
Publication Date Mar 4, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2017
Journal Journal of Aesthetic Nursing
Print ISSN 2050-3717
Publisher MA Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
Pages 80-83
DOI https://doi.org/10.12968/joan.2015.4.2.80
Keywords women, breast cancer, body image, interventions, visible difference
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/837432
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/joan.2015.4.2.80