Communicating risk information about breast and cervical cancer and cancer screening to women from minority ethnic and low income groups
Published September 2009 | ISBN 978 1 84463 062 2
The NHS Cancer Screening Programmes is committed to ensuring that women receive sufficient and accurate information to make informed choices on screening. Although cancer screening might offer people the benefit of early detection, it appears that the risks associated with cancer and screening are not well understood by the public. Specifically, no study had ever been conducted on how the risks of breast cancer and cancer screening might be effectively communicated to minority ethnic and low income groups. The Informed Choice For All project was commissioned in 2005 to address this gap in knowledge.
Its purpose was to investigate, using a participatory action research approach, how the risks and benefits of breast and cervical screening programmes were understood by both health professionals and minority ethnic and low income groups. It also aimed to determine the mechanisms by which risk information could be effectively communicated to facilitate informed choice.