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Semin Oncol Nurs. 1994 May;10(2):104-13.

Cultural heritage: cancer screening and early detection.

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  • 1Department of Neuro-Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.


An individual is influenced by a number of diverse cultural factors, and the interaction of cultural beliefs can create barriers to compliance with recommended prevention, early detection, and screening activities. In order to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate cancer screening and early detection programs, clinicians need to have some background knowledge of culturally diverse populations. In addition, multilevel theoretical models should be used to plan cancer control programs that address the diversity from confluent cultures.

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