Dying to Learn: A Scoping Review of Breast and Cervical Cancer Studies Focusing on Black Canadian Women Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: In Canada, data on race/ethnicity are not routinely collected. Black Canadian women may be under-screened for cervical/breast cancer and may be predisposed to worse outcomes, however data are difficult to find. OBJECTIVES: A scoping review was conducted to identify common themes and gaps in the literature regarding cervical/breast cancer prevention and management in Black Canadian women. METHODS: Medline, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Scopus databases (2003-2018) and grey literature were searched. Relevant studies were selected, data were charted, and themes were extracted. RESULTS: Twenty-three studies met inclusion criteria. Women from sub-Saharan Africa appear to have lower cervical and breast cancer screening rates; those of Caribbean/Latin American origin appear to have screening rates comparable to the general population; no studies reported prevalence or mortality rates for Black Canadian women. CONCLUSION: There is a paucity of health research on breast and cervical cancer specific to Black Canadian women.


  • Nnorom, Onye
  • Findlay, Nicole
  • Lee-Foon, Nakia K
  • Jain, Ankur A
  • Ziegler, Carolyn P
  • Scott, Fran
  • Rodney, Patricia
  • Lofters, Aisha K

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  • 2019