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Community-based breast cancer intervention program for older African American women in beauty salons

Forte, D.A. (1995) Community-based breast cancer intervention program for older African American women in beauty salons. Public Health Reports, 110 (2). pp. 179-183.

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Abstract

African American women are at high risk for morbidity and mortality from breast cancer. African American women ages 50 and older have been a difficult group to reach through conventional breast cancer intervention programs. Cultural and health beliefs that differ from mainstream society are reported to be factors contributing to the low rates of breast screening among this group. In addition to these attitudinal factors, older African American women are disproportionately represented among uninsured and under-insured Americans. As a result, cost becomes a barrier to mammography screening for many of these women. This project proposes to increase breast cancer screening awareness and provide a referral or free breast screening, or both, for African American women ages 50 and older. This information will be offered in the culturally familiar setting of local beauty salons. The culturally sensitive educational pamphlets developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and video developed by the NCI-funded project, Cancer Prevention Research Unit, will be used to promote mammography, clinical breast examinations, and breast self-examination. Providers staffing a mobile mammography van provided by Dr. Anitha Mitchell of the Association of Black Women Physicians through a grant from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will perform mammograms for women on site during scheduled intervals. A followup telephone survey will be conducted.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African American women; breast cancer; intervention programs; beauty salons; mammography; clinical breast examinations
Subjects: Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Practice > outreach
Practice > interventions
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    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008
    Last Modified: 19 Jul 2011 12:12
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1155

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