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Hispanic Women, Breast Cancer Screening and Preferences for Breast Health Information:
Unformatted Document Text:  Breast Cancer Screening 5 influence breast cancer screening and preferences for receiving information on breast health. Specifically, we pose the following research question to guide this inquiry. RQ: What distinctions can be made within Hispanic women that explain their breast health screening practices and preferences for receiving breast health information. METHOD Data Collection In this analysis, we use the Federal government’s designation of “Hispanic,” which the U.S. Census defines as persons whose origins are Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, or persons who identify themselves as Spanish, Spanish American, Hispanic, Hispana(o), or Latina(o). The U.S. Hispanic population is descended from the following countries or regions: Mexico (58.5%), Puerto Rico (9.6%), Central American (4.8%), South American (3.8%), Cuba (3.5%), or others (17.6%) (U.S. Census, 2001). In this study, we conducted focus groups to investigate the research question. We sought to identify certain types of Hispanic women that do and do not utilize breast cancer screening. We also sought to identify from which means these types of women prefer to receive information. Four focus groups were held at various locations in a southwestern city in the U.S. with a large Hispanic population. Site locations included a community center (Group A), a local hotel (Group B), a community member’s home (Group C), and a university building (Group D). Groups varied in size: Groups A and B were composed of five Hispanic women, and the remaining two groups, C and D, had six and four Hispanic women respectively. Two groups were conducted in Spanish (Group B and C), while Groups A and D were conducted in English. All of the women were at least 35 years or older. Discussion in the focus groups was facilitated

Authors: DeVargas, Felicia., Sanchez, Christina. and Oetzel, John.
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Breast Cancer Screening 5
influence breast cancer screening and preferences for receiving information on breast health.
Specifically, we pose the following research question to guide this inquiry.
RQ:
What distinctions can be made within Hispanic women that explain their
breast health screening practices and preferences for receiving breast health information.
METHOD
Data Collection
In this analysis, we use the Federal government’s designation of “Hispanic,” which the
U.S. Census defines as persons whose origins are Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of
Latin America and the Caribbean, or persons who identify themselves as Spanish, Spanish
American, Hispanic, Hispana(o), or Latina(o). The U.S. Hispanic population is descended from
the following countries or regions: Mexico (58.5%), Puerto Rico (9.6%), Central American
(4.8%), South American (3.8%), Cuba (3.5%), or others (17.6%) (U.S. Census, 2001).
In this study, we conducted focus groups to investigate the research question. We sought
to identify certain types of Hispanic women that do and do not utilize breast cancer screening.
We also sought to identify from which means these types of women prefer to receive
information. Four focus groups were held at various locations in a southwestern city in the U.S.
with a large Hispanic population. Site locations included a community center (Group A), a local
hotel (Group B), a community member’s home (Group C), and a university building (Group D).
Groups varied in size: Groups A and B were composed of five Hispanic women, and the
remaining two groups, C and D, had six and four Hispanic women respectively. Two groups
were conducted in Spanish (Group B and C), while Groups A and D were conducted in English.
All of the women were at least 35 years or older. Discussion in the focus groups was facilitated


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