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J Cancer Educ. 2005 Spring;20(1 Suppl):71-9.

A review of effective strategies for native women's breast health outreach and education.

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  • 1Native American Cancer Initiatives, Inc., Pine, CO 80470-7830, USA. lindab@natamcancer.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This commentary provides a summary of a pilot study designed to assist the American Cancer Society in revising the Circle of Life breast health program for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs).

METHODS:

Included are analyses of a literature review focusing on breast health outreach strategies among AIANs and in-depth interviews with breast health focus group facilitators. Over 70 AIAN breast or cervix cancer screening articles were reviewed, and approximately 20 focus group facilitators were interviewed.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

A primary finding was that AIAN breast cancer outreach, education, and screening programs are most effective when community-driven and culturally relevant to local tribal nations and geographic regions.

PMID:
15916525
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