Increasing Breast Cancer Surveillance Among African American Breast Cancer Survivors
Annual rept. 9 Jun 2005-8 Jun 2006
MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEW YORK
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Breast cancer survivors are at elevated risk for developing a new breast cancer compared to healthy women, and are at considerable risk for breast cancer recurrence. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, survivors should undergo careful breast cancer surveillance including annual mammography and breast self-exam. However, studies indicate that breast cancer surveillance among African American survivors, particularly mammography, is low, especially given the higher risk of survivors as a group. The promotion of breast cancer surveillance among African American survivors is an area that deserves special attention as cancers detected early are more treatable. One promising strategy is the adaptation of a peer-led intervention developed to increase screening among healthy African American women. The objectives of the current study are 1 to evaluate the impact of a peer-led intervention on breast cancer surveillance intention and adherence among African American breast cancer survivors through a randomized controlled trial and 2 to investigate the mediational pathways through which the peer-led intervention impacts surveillance intention and adherence.
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