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Hispanic Women, Breast Cancer Screening and Preferences for Breast Health Information:
Unformatted Document Text:  Breast Cancer Screening 17 “find [their] family history.” They understand that some valuable information may not be easily obtainable, and they take the necessary steps to acquire it. If these women identify a change in their breasts, they will talk to friends, family, and doctors to figure out what is wrong. One woman stated, “I know that if I am hurting somewhere, I will go ask my mother.” They talk to people they trust and believe are knowledgeable. Proactive individualists also pursue alternatives to traditional breast health practices. If finances and money are a problem, they pursue health care from Mexico as a cost effective alternative. Insurance and care are expensive in the States, therefore these women express that “you are better off going [to Mexico].” Another alternative these women pursue is that of herbal remedies. Proactive individualists have confidence in traditional, natural medicine, and believe that “women like us cure things with remedies and herbs.” When “the doctors [cannot] do anything else” these individuals seek out herbal alternatives. Proactive individualists incorporate trust in family and medical professionals into their breast screening practices. Proactive individualists rely on their husbands or significant others to support and assist in their screening. Specifically, these women will expect their significant other to check their breasts: “Men need to and can check for something” and they could “touch you … and say …what is this?” They also trust their mothers and sisters as resources because they “are knowledgeable and [have] experience.” Furthermore, proactive individualists have strong faith in doctors and medical professionals as one participant noted, “they know what they are doing.” The final action performed by proactive individualists is the act of implementation. These women implement the three-pronged approach to breast screening. Women described various approaches to BSE to detect lumps such as, “[laying] on your bed and check, with lotion or whenever you bathe,” or “Every month, you [feel around].” These women are aware of the

Authors: DeVargas, Felicia., Sanchez, Christina. and Oetzel, John.
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Breast Cancer Screening 17
“find [their] family history.” They understand that some valuable information may not be easily
obtainable, and they take the necessary steps to acquire it. If these women identify a change in
their breasts, they will talk to friends, family, and doctors to figure out what is wrong. One
woman stated, “I know that if I am hurting somewhere, I will go ask my mother.” They talk to
people they trust and believe are knowledgeable. Proactive individualists also pursue alternatives
to traditional breast health practices. If finances and money are a problem, they pursue health
care from Mexico as a cost effective alternative. Insurance and care are expensive in the States,
therefore these women express that “you are better off going [to Mexico].” Another alternative
these women pursue is that of herbal remedies. Proactive individualists have confidence in
traditional, natural medicine, and believe that “women like us cure things with remedies and
herbs.” When “the doctors [cannot] do anything else” these individuals seek out herbal
alternatives.
Proactive individualists incorporate trust in family and medical professionals into their
breast screening practices. Proactive individualists rely on their husbands or significant others to
support and assist in their screening. Specifically, these women will expect their significant other
to check their breasts: “Men need to and can check for something” and they could “touch you …
and say …what is this?” They also trust their mothers and sisters as resources because they “are
knowledgeable and [have] experience.” Furthermore, proactive individualists have strong faith in
doctors and medical professionals as one participant noted, “they know what they are doing.”
The final action performed by proactive individualists is the act of implementation. These
women implement the three-pronged approach to breast screening. Women described various
approaches to BSE to detect lumps such as, “[laying] on your bed and check, with lotion or
whenever you bathe,” or “Every month, you [feel around].” These women are aware of the


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