The Meaning of Breast Cancer Risk for African American Women

Janice Phillips, Marlene Z. Cohen

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Purpose: To describe African American women's experience of being at high risk for breast cancer. Design: A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used to guide in-depth interviews and analysis. Methods to ensure trustworthiness and rigor were included. Methods: Open interviews were conducted with 20 African American women who were at high risk for breast cancer (family history, personal history, genetic mutation). They were recruited from a cancer risk clinic and community-based settings. Data were transcribed verbatim, and themes were labeled among and between all interviews. Findings: Five themes were identified: (a) life-changing experience; (b) relationships: fears, support, and concerns;

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-247
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • African American women
  • Breast cancer
  • Highrisk
  • Phenomenology
  • Young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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