alexa Variance in Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs and Behaviors amongst African American and Afro-Caribbean Women
ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Research Article

Variance in Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs and Behaviors amongst African American and Afro-Caribbean Women

Linda D Thélémaque*, Devin Madden and Lina Jandorf

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Linda D Thélémaque
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA
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Received date: February 14, 2013; Accepted date: March 13, 2014; Published date: March 17, 2014

Citation: Thélémaque LD, Madden D, Jandorf L (2014) Variance in Breast Cancer Screening Beliefs and Behaviors amongst African American and Afro-Caribbean Women. J Community Med Health Educ S2:003. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.S2-003

Copyright: © 2014 Thélémaque LD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objectives: This study examined breast cancer screening adherence among African American and Afro-Caribbean women. Characteristics, attitudes, beliefs and barriers for these subpopulations were explored. Methods: The Witness Project of Harlem hosted 167 breast and cervical cancer education programs in local community settings. Attendees completed questionnaires to self-report screening adherence as well as attitudes, beliefs and barriers. Results: Of the sample (1633 women), 1347 (67.9%) were African American and 286 (14.4%) were Afro-Caribbean. Adherence rates for breast self-exam; clinical breast exam and mammography were similar with differences less than 4% while factors for screening adherence differed. Discussion: This study suggests that women within the Black population may not share the same health related beliefs and/or attitudes, supporting the idea that programs should be culturally-tailored for subpopulations. To improve future interventions, more research should examine differences in determinants between these two ethnic subgroups and the sources of these differences.

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