Breast cancer study seeks black and South Asian women

Issue date: 07 May 2009


Centre for Appearance Research at UWE A researcher from the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England (UWE) would like to interview black and South Asian women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Geeta Patel is hoping that the study will help to improve the care and support for ethnic minority women living with this disease.

The project is funded by Breast Cancer Campaign.

Geeta Patel explains, “Black and ethnic minority women are significantly under researched in this area and I'm keen to capture the experiences of women in order to assess the personal impact of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I would like to speak to African, Caribbean and South Asian women about their experiences of breast cancer in one to one interviews. The findings will then be used to provide the most appropriate and sensitive care and support, particularly regarding issues surrounding appearance and body image.”

“I understand that different cultural and religious beliefs can make the experience difficult for a range of reasons but the research will help with informing policy so that appropriate and culturally sensitive help can be provided.”

Arlene Wilkie, Director of Research and Policy, Breast Cancer Campaign said “Women from ethnic minority groups have been overlooked in previous research in this area. It is therefore vital that we gain a better understanding of how we can help make living with breast cancer easier for these women.”

If you are interested in taking part or would like any further information, contact researcher, Geeta Patel, on 0117 328 1895 or at Geeta2.Patel@uwe.ac.uk. Names and details of participants will be strictly confidential.

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