Author(s): Schettino MR, HernndezValero MA, Moguel R, Hajek RA, Jones LA
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Limited breast cancer knowledge and beliefs, risk factors, screening procedures, and cultural barriers may keep Latinas from seeking health care. METHOD: We examined the breast cancer knowledge, beliefs, and misconceptions of 63 Latinas residing in Houston, Texas. RESULTS: More than a third of participants held a negative or fatalistic view of breast cancer, 29\% believed pain was a warning sign for the disease, and 11.1\% had never heard of breast cancer. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate this population holds many misconceptions about breast cancer, which may have a negative impact on preventive behaviors on this minority population.
This article was published in J Cancer Educ
and referenced in Journal of Womens Health Care