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Attitudes about screening and early prevention




Importance of prevention




Here are some factors that could contribute to the higher breast cancer death rate for Latinas

-- Many older Latina women grew up believing that talking and thinking about the breasts were wrong

-- If some Latinas find a lump in their breast, they sometimes ignore it because of shame

-- Latinas and sometimes their husbands feel uncomfortable about letting a male doctor check the breasts

-- There is lack of proper education about breast cancer in some Latino communities

--Such factors such as little access to prevention options and information programs limit the accessibility of early detection. There may also be problems when there is a language barrier

-- There are several misconceptions of breast cancer screening such as:

  • Too many mammograms will lead to breast cancer
  • if you get a bruise on your breast it will lead to breast cancer
  • if you talk about cancer, you are at a higher risk of getting it


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