A feeling of being misunderstood in health care practices plays a role in deterring single women between the ages of 40 and 75 from receiving regular cancer screenings, a new study says. A survey from the Brown University Cancer Screening Project for Women, designed to find out why single women have lower rates of routine screenings for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers, found factors such as wording on medical questionnaires which only ask about husbands made some women uneasy.

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