Assessing cultural sensitivity of breast cancer information for older Aboriginal women


Background. Cancer education resources for Aboriginal peoples should be respectful of cultural beliefs.Methods. 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.Results. Aboriginal women better understood the Native web site and they preferred to read this culturally relevant resource that discussed Natite women’s breast cancer risk.Conclusions. Culturally sensitive breast cancer information should incorporate health attitudes and behaviors of Aboriginal women and present plain language information to encourage informed decision making.

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Correspondence to Laurie Hoffman-Goetz PHD, MPH.

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Supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (LHG) and University of Toronto/McMaster University Indigenous Health Research Development Program Graduate Scholarship (DBF).

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Friedman, D.B., Hoffman-Goetz, L. Assessing cultural sensitivity of breast cancer information for older Aboriginal women. J Canc Educ 22, 112 (2007).

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  • Breast Cancer
  • Aboriginal People
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Cancer Information
  • Aboriginal Woman