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Why are women of Mexican descent at high risk for breast cancer?

What are the risk factors?

How do traditional values and beliefs affect their use of prevention screening for breast cancer?

Why do so many women feel uncomfortable performing the BSE or having a medical checkup?

Why do so many women feel healthy?


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beliefs among women of Mexican descent.¡± Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. 9(2): 197-206, 2003.

Borrayo, E. Jenkins, S. ¡°Feeling Healthy: So Why Should Mexican-Descent Women Screen for
Breast Cancer?¡± Qualitative Health Research. 11(6): 812-823, 2001.

Carpenter V. Colwell B. ¡°Cancer knowledge, self-efficacy, and cancer screening behaviors among
Mexican-American women.¡± Journal of Cancer Education. 10(4):217-22, 1995.

¡°Figure 7: No health insurance coverage among persons under 65 years of age by selected
characteristics: United States 2003.¡± Health, United States, 2005. <>. Retrieved on 04/02/06.

Garbers S. Chiasson M. ¡°Patterns of agreement on breast cancer screening knowledge and practices
among women in Dominican and Mexican families in New York City.¡± Med Sci Monit. 10(11): CR628-634, 2004.

Heilman, Erica. ¡°The Silence of Breast Cancer in Hispanic and Latino World.¡± Healthology, Inc.
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M. Aguirre-Molina, C. Molina, and R. Zambrana (eds.) Latino Health in the United States. New
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¡°Table 31: Leading causes of death and numbers of deaths, according to sex, race, and Hispanic
origin: United States, 1980 and 2003.¡± Health, United States, 2005. <>. Retrieved on 04/12/06.

Villa, M., Cuellar, J., Gamel, N., & Yeo, G. "Cultural Traditions, Beliefs, Values, and Ethical
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