Culturally Based Intervention for Breast Cancer in Rural African Americans
Annual rept. 1 Sep 1999-31 Aug 2000
EAST CAROLINA UNIV GREENVILLE NC
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The purpose of this project is to develop methods to encourage earlier detection of breast cancer in rural African Americans. Our focus is on cultural and psychosocial beliefs that contribute to patient delay in seeking treatment of the symptoms of breast cancer. For the intervention phase, educational programs featuring a documentary video, public service announcements, and culturally sensitive brochures have been presented to over 1700 people in Pitt County. A separate component of the intervention involved distributing breast cancer educational packets to older female relatives of patients who visited their OBGYN physicians and to women who were waiting for relatives in the emergency department. This older group is facing greater risk, yet may not be receiving regular breast screening. The next phase of the project will involve post-intervention surveys of women in both Pitt and Wilson Counties.
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