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Mistrust, costs reduce breast cancer screening among minorities

April 27, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging. Mistrust, costs reduce breast cancer screening among minorities By H.A. Abella Distrust of healthcare providers, cultural barriers, lack of information about the benefits of screening, or simply the need to cut corners might all contribute to the levels of compliance for breast cancer screening among minorities, including African American, Hispanic, and lesbian/bisexual women, recent studies show. In one of the studies, Michigan State University researchers found that more than two-thirds of minority women believe that healthcare organizations sometimes mislead or even purposely deceive patients. This perception, among a series of other factors, may be preventing these women from getting breast cancer screenings, said principal investigator Dr. Karen Patricia Williams, an assistant professor of ob/gyn and reproductive biology at MSU's College of Human Medicine.

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