Perceptions of cancer fatalism and cancer knowledge: A comparison of older and younger African American women

Barbara D. Powe, Jill Hamilton, Patrice Brooks

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Abstract

Cancer fatalism (the belief that death is inevitable when cancer is present) may influence cancer screening practices among older African American women. Little is known about cancer fatalism among younger women. Guided by the Patient/Provider/System Model, this descriptive study compares cancer fatalism and cancer knowledge among African American college students (n = 353) and women from primary care centers (n = 361). Their average age was 29 years. Data were collected using the Powe Fatalism Inventory and breast and cervical cancer knowledge scales. Women at health centers had higher cancer fatalism and lower cancer knowledge. Differences in life experiences may help explain these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2006

Keywords

  • African American
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer fatalism
  • Cancer knowledge
  • Cervical cancer
  • Historically black colleges and universities
  • Primary care centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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