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Gender Images & Social Expectations in BC Diagnosis

Cancer; ePub 2018 Sep 24; Kim, Glassgow, et al

Gendered and racialized social expectations may affect the ways in which women seek help for their own social needs, including follow-up screening for breast cancer. This according to a recent study that examined gendered and racialized social expectations, barriers, and delayed breast cancer diagnosis in this study population. Researchers used data from the Patient Navigation in Medically Underserved Areas study to compare the likelihood of obtaining a follow-up screening mammogram between women who identified ≥1 barriers and those who did not. They found:

  • Of the 3,754 women who received the navigation intervention, ~14% identified ≥1 barriers.
  • Women who reported barriers were more likely to obtain a subsequent screening mammogram.
  • Black women, women living in poverty, and women with a higher level of distrust were less likely to report barriers.

Citation:

Kim SJ, Glassgow AE, Watson KS, Molina Y, Calhoun EA. Gendered and racialized social expectations, barriers, and delayed breast cancer diagnosis. [Published online ahead of print September 24, 2018]. Cancer. doi:10.1002/cncr.31636.