Discussing Cancer: Communication With African Americans

Nikki Caito, Sula Hood, Vetta L.Sanders Thompson

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Regular screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) facilitates earlier detection, lowers mortality, and may reduce incidence through detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps. Optimizing health professional delivery of CRC screening information and recommendations can assist in reducing CRC disparity in the African-American community. This article presents qualitative data on African Americans' attitudes about health professional CRC communications based on the analysis of focus groups (N = 79). Using a social-ecological framework, colorectal cancer and professional communication themes are examined to offer four general and nine cancer-specific theoretically based and culturally appropriate strategies for improving health professional cancer communication with African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • African American
  • cancer
  • cancer communication
  • colorectal cancer screening
  • communication
  • health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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