Preventive Cancer Screening Among Resettled Refugee Women from Muslim-Majority Countries: A Systematic Review

This study examines screening rates and socio-cultural factors influencing screening among resettled refugee women from Muslim-majority countries of origin. A systematic and integrative review approach was used to examine articles published from 1980 to 2019, using PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO. A total of 20 articles met the inclusion criteria. Cancer screening rates among refugee women are lower when compared to US-born counterparts. Social and cultural factors include religious beliefs about cancer, stigma, modesty and gender roles within the family context. The findings of this review, suggest that resettled refugee women underutilize preventive services, specifically mammography, Pap test and colonoscopy screening, and whose perceptions and behaviors about cancer and screening are influenced by social and cultural factors.
Source: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

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