Cervical cancer is a very common but largely preventable cancer.
Despite considerable medical knowledge of risk and even causal factors, possible social-behavioural strategies for the primary prevention of cervical cancer have rarely been explored as a viable addition to cervical screening.
We examine key policy documents and interview 18 key informants on cervical cancer prevention in New Zealand.
Using a discourse analytic approach we identify and discuss two discourses (which we have labelled'protectionism'and'right to know') which inform positions on whether or not women should be provided with information regarding sexual risk factors for cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer prevention policy in New Zealand, which largely reflects a protectionist discourse, suppresses sexual risk factor information and focuses exclusively on cervical screening.
The right to know discourse informs an alternative position, which contends that women have a right to be informed about risk factors.
We discuss these positions in relation to questions about women's rights, the principle of informed choice, and attempts to judge what is in women's'best interests.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Col utérus, Comportement sexuel, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Prévention, Communication information, Homme, Femelle, Politique sanitaire, Nouvelle Zélande, Océanie, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Col utérus pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Uterine cervix, Sexual behavior, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Prevention, Information communication, Human, Female, Health policy, New Zealand, Oceania, Female genital diseases, Uterine cervix diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0254707
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.