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TABLE 6-1 Articles from NIH-Sponsored Programs Relative to Cancer Among Minority and Medically Underserved Populations by Key Terms in Title
No. of Articles
Key Term in Title
SOURCE: National Cancer Institute.
1. Dissemination of cancer information to ethnic minority and medically underserved groups requires more than a simple translation of materials.
Venus Gines and Lucy Young noted that when they were first diagnosed with breast cancer, they had a difficult time finding information in their native languages (Spanish and Chinese, respectively) that addressed concerns particular to their cultural groups. Gines noted that what she did find was merely translated from English. Such translations, she noted, often fail to address specific concerns that may be more common among some ethnic groups (such as the fatalism regarding a cancer diagnosis that exists among some Hispanic populations) or that fail to take into account cultural differences in the ways in which information is best communicated. In response, Gines, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, developed Mi Nueva Esperanza (My New Hope) to provide information regarding breast cancer among Hispanic women. The booklet is written in clear, simple Spanish but also uses pictures to convey information.
2. Cancer education materials must be made available in languages other than English and Spanish.