Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of underserved women in the rural South toward breast cancer prevention and detection

Fam Community Health. Jul-Sep 2009;32(3):238-46. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181ab3bbb.


The goal of this study was to understand the unique needs and barriers to breast cancer control among African American women in the rural South. This population experiences barriers that surpass that of other minorities. Researchers conducted 6 focus groups to assess barriers of minority women in Mississippi toward breast cancer prevention and clinical trials. These women had little knowledge of treatment options and negative perceptions of screening and clinical trial participation. This research equips others to identify new health education strategies. Conclusions also provide insight into prevention for other minority populations, such as Latina, Asian, and American Indian women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Medically Underserved Area*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mississippi
  • Patient Participation
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population