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Assessing cultural sensitivity of breast cancer information for older Aboriginal women.

Research paper by Daniela B DB Friedman, Laurie L Hoffman-Goetz

Indexed on: 04 Jul '07Published on: 04 Jul '07Published in: Journal of Cancer Education



Abstract

Cancer education resources for Aboriginal peoples should be respectful of cultural beliefs.Interviews were conducted with 25 older Aboriginal women in Ontario, Canada to determine their opinions about Internet resources on breast cancer. Participants read 2 Web articles on breast cancer: 1 article from a national cancer organization and the second from an Aboriginal health department.Aboriginal women better understood the Native web site and they preferred to read this culturally relevant resource that discussed Native women's breast cancer risk.Culturally sensitive breast cancer information should incorporate health attitudes and behaviors of Aboriginal women and present plain language information to encourage informed decision making.