Toward a Culturally-Specific Model of Health Promotion: An Analysis of the Effects of Hispanic Culture on Cervical Cancer Prevention
AuthorStone, Katherine Lorraine
AdvisorParker, Sheila H.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn the United States, cervical cancer presents a significant health risk to Hispanic women, who are one and a half times more likely to develop the disease than White women and 1.35 times more likely to die from it. Many factors contribute to this disparity, including socioeconomic status and access to care, but Hispanic cultural values also frequently influence women's susceptibility to cervical cancer. Familial relations, fatalism, spirituality, and acculturation among immigrants can all affect whether Hispanic women engage in HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer or in Pap testing that may reduce cervical cancer mortality through early detection. Several types of interventions show promise in reducing cervical cancer disparities among Hispanic women. Improving cultural competence among physicians, facilitating cooperation between health care providers and patients, and using culturally-sensitive techniques to educate the community about cervical cancer prevention may empower Hispanic women to seek HPV vaccinations and Pap tests at greater rates. Additionally, providing greater access to self-testing for HPV can help overcome socioeconomic and cultural barriers that prevent many Hispanic women from utilizing preventive care for cervical cancer.
Degree ProgramHonors College