Published Papers - Abstract 156

Wade T & Lee C. The impact of breast cancer on the lives of middle-aged women: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health. Health Psychology, 2005; 24(3): 246-251

This article investigated the impact of breast cancer (BC) in middle-aged Australian women (45–50 years). Two waves of data collected 2 years apart from a longitudinal survey of 12,177 women identified 3 groups: (a) 11,933 (98%) who reported never having had BC, (b) 181 (1.5%) who reported a diagnosis of BC at Time 1, and (c) 63 (0.5%) who reported onset of BC between Time 1 and Time 2. Repeated measures analysis of variance was used to compare the 3 groups. Women with recent onset of BC experienced significant changes across a range of functioning compared with the other 2 groups. Compared with women with no BC, women with longer established onset of BC had significantly worse health and social outcomes, but these were associated with small effect sizes. Both groups of women with BC reported less impact on mental and emotional health than on other areas of functioning.