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Women's health and midwifery
Uptake of mammography screening is much lower among ethnic minority women
  1. Salma Rehman1,
  2. Parveen Ali2
  1. 1 School of Health and Scoial Care, University of Hull, Hull, Kingston upon Hull, UK
  2. 2 Health Sciences School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Parveen Ali, School of Nursing ad Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TG, UK; parveen.ali{at}

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Commentary on: Miller, BC, Bowers, JM, Payne, JB, et al. Barriers to mammography screening among racial and ethnic minority women. Soc Sci Med 2019;239:112494.

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals, institutions and policy-makers need to be aware of the specific needs of population segments to ensure their needs are met.

  • Research studies should ensure inclusion of participants from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds to ensure their views are considered.


Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death in women. Evidence from USA suggests that the breast cancer-associated mortality rate is much greater among Black women.1 In the UK, a higher incidence of breast cancer was reported among South Asian women and a group classed as ‘mixed’ compared with other white and ethnic groups.2 Evidence also highlights that that age for breast cancer among women from minority ethnic groups is lower than their white …

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