Perspectives on Breast Health Education and Services Among Recent Hispanic Immigrant Women in the Midwest: a Qualitative Study in Lancaster County, Nebraska

Athena K. Ramos, Antonia Correa, Natalia Trinidad

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Abstract

Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among Hispanic women in the USA. Throughout the country, Hispanic immigrants face many barriers to achieving optimal breast health. Three focus groups were conducted to explore challenges and opportunities in access to breast health services and information among recent Hispanic immigrant women in Lancaster Country, Nebraska. Respondents perceived breast cancer as a serious issue and were concerned about it, but there were few cues to action to improve health given the limited information and access to services available to low-income Spanish-speaking individuals in the community. Results highlighted the need for culturally and linguistically appropriate health education and services, accessibility and promotion of low-cost screening and treatment services, and inclusive policies to promote preventative healthcare services for all women regardless of immigration status. Health is more than just clinical care, and therefore, it is important to understand the contextual and cultural factors that have resulted in low screening rates and develop methods to address these them. Failure to address these aspects of social determinants of health could hamper efforts to improve breast health and reduce disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-672
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Access to services
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast health
  • Health promotion
  • Hispanics
  • Immigrants
  • Midwest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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