Community activism relating to a cluster of breast cancer

H. Virginia McCoy, Edward J. Trapido, Clyde B. McCoy, Nancy Strickman-Stein, Stacy Engel, Inger Brown

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In 1985, residents of a suburban community in South Florida became concerned when several young women were diagnosed with breast cancer. First as individuals, then through a community-based effort, they attempted to gain attention and action on what they believed to be a cluster of breast cancer. Through their efforts to find out whether some agent or toxic exposure existed in the community that might have caused breast cancer, the women formed a community-based organization. This paper describes the activism of the women to resolve the issue through an epidemiologic study of the breast cancer occurrence in their community. Furthermore, it substantiates the need and role of rational community response in resolving community threats and concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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