Breast cancer study seeks BME and Caucasian women

Issue date: 01 February 2011

A researcher from the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England (UWE) would like to explore Black, South Asian and Caucasian women's experiences of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.

It is hoped that the findings of this research will help to improve the care and support for ethnic minority women living with this disease.

Researcher, Geeta Patel, has developed a questionnaire based on a series of interviews she carried out with women about their experiences as part of smaller studies.She is now looking for 300 women to take part in the next phase of her research; 100 women in each ethnic group.

The project is funded by Breast Cancer Campaign.

Geeta Patel explains, “Black and ethnic minority women are significantly under researched in this area. Two small scale studies which I have already carried out highlighted issues of care, support and body image for some ethnic minority women undergoing treatment. The questionnaire I have devised will enable me to quantify how widespread these issues are, and which are the important areas we need to address. For example, there may be issues relating to language, or cultural and religious sensitivities which may affect the way women respond to their treatment. The findings will then be used to provide the most appropriate and sensitive care and support, particularly regarding issues surrounding appearance and body image.”

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, please contact researcher, Geeta Patel, on 0117 328 1895 or at and details of participants will be strictly confidential.


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