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Weight Comes Between Women and Cancer Screenings

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  • Overweight and obese women are at higher risk for getting breast and cervical cancers, but new research shows that these same women are less likely to receive Pap smears and mammograms, the recommended screening tests.
  • The authors of the study speculate that physicians may have negative attitudes toward their overweight patients, or the patients' low self-esteem may prevent them from seeking care.
  • Among black women, obesity did not affect the rate of Pap smears or mammography, perhaps because weight is less of a stigma in black culture.
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