The first wave of data from the BOUNCE H2020 project have been coming in as more than 660 women, recently diagnosed by breast cancer have generously volunteered their valuable time and energy to respond to the extensive study questionnaires. One notable finding of the analyses conducted on this complex data set is that contrary to expectations, cross-cultural differences in women’s responses across the four countries participating in the project (Finland, Portugal, Israel, and Portugal) are very modest. Thus, the country of origin had no impact on the strength of most relations of psychological variables to global quality of life and overall mental health. Women’s personal experience is likely more important than potential cultural or health-care system differences for adaptation to breast cancer, soon after diagnosis. 

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