Presentation Title

Breast Cancer Screening: The Significance of Mammogram Access for Women of Rural Peru and Latinas in California

Presenter Information

Stephanie MartirFollow

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Lia Roberts

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 90

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Studies show that Peruvian women suffer at high rates from late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer. Similarly, Latinas are also most prone to late diagnosis than other groups of women in California. Preventative measures, such as mammograms, are means to deter late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer in women – especially women over the age of 40. This research utilizes 99 interviews collected in Cusco, Peru by MSMU’s Global Women in STEM and Policy Cohorts 1 and 2 during 2017 and 2018, as well as UCLA’s 2016 California’s Health Survey. This study analyzes the effects that financial barriers pose on women’s access to breast cancer screenings. This quantitative analysis of several financial barriers such as access to health insurance and mode of transportation controlling for language preference and self-perception of health hypothesizes that Peru’s indigenous communities and Latinas in California are less likely to have access to preventative medicine, specificallymammograms. Results also show that language preference and self-perception of health intercept the physician-patient relationship. Finally, this comparative analysis-controlling for institutional and country level variables-of both populations of women argues that understanding barriers to preventative medicine addresses disparities among health care outcomes - and health care access in general- in under-represented communities.

Summary of research results to be presented

Access to health insurance and mode of transportation, as well as language preference and self-perception of health among Latinas in California and indigenous women of Cusco, Peru will determine the quality of health care received. Such quality is significant in terms of determining whether their access to mammograms will be deterred, leading to an increasing amount of both populations of women with late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer.

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Nov 17th, 3:00 PM Nov 17th, 5:00 PM

Breast Cancer Screening: The Significance of Mammogram Access for Women of Rural Peru and Latinas in California

CREVELING 90

Studies show that Peruvian women suffer at high rates from late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer. Similarly, Latinas are also most prone to late diagnosis than other groups of women in California. Preventative measures, such as mammograms, are means to deter late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer in women – especially women over the age of 40. This research utilizes 99 interviews collected in Cusco, Peru by MSMU’s Global Women in STEM and Policy Cohorts 1 and 2 during 2017 and 2018, as well as UCLA’s 2016 California’s Health Survey. This study analyzes the effects that financial barriers pose on women’s access to breast cancer screenings. This quantitative analysis of several financial barriers such as access to health insurance and mode of transportation controlling for language preference and self-perception of health hypothesizes that Peru’s indigenous communities and Latinas in California are less likely to have access to preventative medicine, specificallymammograms. Results also show that language preference and self-perception of health intercept the physician-patient relationship. Finally, this comparative analysis-controlling for institutional and country level variables-of both populations of women argues that understanding barriers to preventative medicine addresses disparities among health care outcomes - and health care access in general- in under-represented communities.