Journal of Cancer Education

, 24:141

Cancer information-seeking experiences: The implications of Hispanic ethnicity and Spanish language


    • Mid South Cancer Information ServiceUniversity of Kentucky Markey Cancer Control Program
  • Julie Kornfeld
    • Coastal Region Cancer Information Service, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Lila Finney Rutten
    • Health Communication and Informatics Research BranchNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Linda Squiers
    • The Cancer Information ServiceNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

DOI: 10.1080/08858190902854772

Cite this article as:
Vanderpool, R.C., Kornfeld, J., Rutten, L.F. et al. J Canc Educ (2009) 24: 141. doi:10.1080/08858190902854772


Background. Strategies to support cancer information-seeking among Hispanics are needed. Methods. We analyzed data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to explore cancer information-seeking experiences among respondents according to ethnicity and language of interview. Results. Over 80% of Spanish-speaking Hispanics had never looked for cancer information. Compared to English-speaking respondents, Spanish-speaking Hispanics who sought cancer information indicated their search took a lot of effort (67%), was hard to understand (54%), and frustrating (42%). Spanish-speaking Hispanics noted minimal confidence in obtaining cancer information. Conclusions. Language and cultural differences must be considered in the design, implementation, and dissemination of cancer information.

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