Are all latinas the same? Perceived breast cancer screening barriers and facilitative conditions

Lydia Buki, Evelinn A. Borrayo, Benjamin M. Feigal, Iris Y. Carrillo

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Abstract

In this article, we examine perceived breast cancer screening barriers and facilitative conditions for immigrant women from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, and South America (N = 58). Focus groups conducted separately with women of each ancestry were analyzed using grounded theory methods. Identified barriers comprise secrecy, lack of information, embarrassment, fear, and distrust of health care providers. Perceived facilitative conditions include knowing the importance of early detection and noticing a symptom. We compare and contrast findings across ancestries and discuss how psychosocial and cultural factors could be better integrated into early detection programs. The women's high screening rates also suggest that breast cancer screening can be facilitated in this population by addressing institutional factors (e.g., access to health care, transportation).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-411
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Early Detection of Cancer
Hispanic Americans
cancer
Breast Neoplasms
El Salvador
health care
Puerto Rico
Cuba
Health Services Accessibility
South America
psychosocial factors
Confidentiality
institutional factors
secrecy
Mexico
cultural factors
Focus Groups
grounded theory
Health Personnel
Fear

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Gender Studies

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Are all latinas the same? Perceived breast cancer screening barriers and facilitative conditions. / Buki, Lydia; Borrayo, Evelinn A.; Feigal, Benjamin M.; Carrillo, Iris Y.

In: Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 4, 01.12.2004, p. 400-411.

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Buki, Lydia ; Borrayo, Evelinn A. ; Feigal, Benjamin M. ; Carrillo, Iris Y. / Are all latinas the same? Perceived breast cancer screening barriers and facilitative conditions. In: Psychology of Women Quarterly. 2004 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 400-411.
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