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Hispanic Women, Breast Cancer Screening and Preferences for Breast Health Information:
Unformatted Document Text:  Breast Cancer Screening 8 Intimidated Intimidated women perceive barriers to addressing breast health that is typically associated with fear. In fact, for intimidated women, fear functions as a double-edged sword that can either motivate or inhibit action. As one woman noted, “It is the fear that can either make you go to the doctor or it can keep you from going to the doctor.” Actions performed by intimidated women materialized two specific character types: intimidated no-action and intimidated action. Intimidated No-Action Action. Intimidated no-action Hispanic women deny, espouse faith, and avoid. These individuals often deny that breast cancer could happen to them and they espouse faith unto God or a higher being to maintain their health. These individuals also avoid screening measures and breast health information because of discomfort and language barriers. One response of intimidated no-action women is denial. Youthful intimidated no-action women perpetuate the misconception that breast cancer does not occur to the young. On participant explained, “You think that it happens to older women.” Some women are aware of elders that have not had any difficulties with breast health and infer that “it can’t happen to me.” For example, a participant said, “My mom is 96 and she has never in her life checked for cancer. Nothing. Not [even] a pap smear.” A sense of immortality, “you think that you are going to live forever,” is also prominent for women in denial. Intimidated no-action women espouse faith. Their belief system, however, places their well-being in a higher power’s hands. Therefore, instead of taking preventative measures regarding health care, intimidated no-action will “[pray that [they] do not get ill or sick.” The Mexican male partner, who relays messages such as, “You don’t have anything” often reinforces

Authors: DeVargas, Felicia., Sanchez, Christina. and Oetzel, John.
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Breast Cancer Screening 8
Intimidated
Intimidated women perceive barriers to addressing breast health that is typically
associated with fear. In fact, for intimidated women, fear functions as a double-edged sword that
can either motivate or inhibit action. As one woman noted, “It is the fear that can either make
you go to the doctor or it can keep you from going to the doctor.” Actions performed by
intimidated women materialized two specific character types: intimidated no-action and
intimidated action.
Intimidated No-Action
Action.
Intimidated no-action Hispanic women deny, espouse faith, and avoid. These
individuals often deny that breast cancer could happen to them and they espouse faith unto God
or a higher being to maintain their health. These individuals also avoid screening measures and
breast health information because of discomfort and language barriers.
One response of intimidated no-action women is denial. Youthful intimidated no-action
women perpetuate the misconception that breast cancer does not occur to the young. On
participant explained, “You think that it happens to older women.” Some women are aware of
elders that have not had any difficulties with breast health and infer that “it can’t happen to me.”
For example, a participant said, “My mom is 96 and she has never in her life checked for cancer.
Nothing. Not [even] a pap smear.” A sense of immortality, “you think that you are going to live
forever,” is also prominent for women in denial.
Intimidated no-action women espouse faith. Their belief system, however, places their
well-being in a higher power’s hands. Therefore, instead of taking preventative measures
regarding health care, intimidated no-action will “[pray that [they] do not get ill or sick.” The
Mexican male partner, who relays messages such as, “You don’t have anything” often reinforces


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