Breast and Cervical Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, and Screening Practices of Hispanic Women Diagnosed with Cancer

Fabiola Aparicio-Ting, Amelie G. Ramirez

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Abstract

Background. Cancer survivors' screening participation is important to prevent cancer recurrence and to maintain health for the growing number of Hispanic cancer survivors. Methods. Using a case comparison study design, data from a survey of Hispanic breast (n = 54) and cervical cancer (n=58) survivors were analyzed by bivariate analysis. Results. Knowledge of screening guidelines was low for all participants, especially regarding cervical cancer screening. Breast cancer survivors were most knowledgeable. Although survivors held positive cancer attitudes, participation in preventive cancer screening was low indicating the need for more effective cancer prevention communication processes. Conclusions. Hispanic cancer survivors need culturally sensitive cancer prevention education and the associated communication processes that acknowledges differences among the varying Hispanic subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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