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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159501
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Diverse Worlds of Cervical Cancer
Abstract:
Diverse Worlds of Cervical Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Hunter-DeTomas, Jennifer
P.I. Institution Name:University of Missouri-Kansas City
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 2220 Holmes, 219 Health Sciences Building, Kansas City, MO, 64108, USA
Contact Telephone:816.235.1700
With a background in hospice nursing and medical anthropology, I went to Iquitos, Peru, seeking to understand the meaning and management of cancer in an underdeveloped region of the world. Cancer stories told by residents gave local evidence that cancer, particularly cervical cancer, has significant existence. There is little health care emphasis on cancer in Iquitos, however, and no epidemiologic cancer monitoring. Preliminary observations gave rise to an ethnographic study, conducted on-site over nine months, with the purpose of exploring the experience of cervical cancer in Iquitos, and identifying issues contributing to its inattention. Research methodologies included: 1) observation, interview, and survey methods to obtain background knowledge about the region, medical systems, and local cultural understanding of illness; 2) interviews regarding cancer experiences; and 3) case studies of women in various stages of cervical cancer. Sample sizes included thirty household surveys, over fifty cancer experience interviews, and eight case studies. Study findings focus on two areas. The first is the discrepancy between what is known about the high prevalence of cervical cancer in underdeveloped areas of the world, and the lack of priority given to it by health policy. Comparison of currently documented worldwide disease patterns, and older expected patterns based on outdated theory reveals a blind spot regarding cervical cancer, and a socially constructed negligence that has cost the lives of many women. Secondly, the study demonstrates the ineffectiveness of efforts toward cervical cancer screening and treatment in Peru, dramatically revealed in women's narratives of suffering. This ineffectiveness is due in part to imitation of technologies used in Western nations, with inadequate consideration of local geographic, economic, and cultural realities. Analysis of diverse worlds of resource, risk, resistance, and response provides insight for negotiating relevant cervical cancer interventions for populations in and from underdeveloped regions of the world.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDiverse Worlds of Cervical Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159501-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Diverse Worlds of Cervical Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hunter-DeTomas, Jennifer</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Missouri-Kansas City</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 2220 Holmes, 219 Health Sciences Building, Kansas City, MO, 64108, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">816.235.1700</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hunterj@umkc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">With a background in hospice nursing and medical anthropology, I went to Iquitos, Peru, seeking to understand the meaning and management of cancer in an underdeveloped region of the world. Cancer stories told by residents gave local evidence that cancer, particularly cervical cancer, has significant existence. There is little health care emphasis on cancer in Iquitos, however, and no epidemiologic cancer monitoring. Preliminary observations gave rise to an ethnographic study, conducted on-site over nine months, with the purpose of exploring the experience of cervical cancer in Iquitos, and identifying issues contributing to its inattention. Research methodologies included: 1) observation, interview, and survey methods to obtain background knowledge about the region, medical systems, and local cultural understanding of illness; 2) interviews regarding cancer experiences; and 3) case studies of women in various stages of cervical cancer. Sample sizes included thirty household surveys, over fifty cancer experience interviews, and eight case studies. Study findings focus on two areas. The first is the discrepancy between what is known about the high prevalence of cervical cancer in underdeveloped areas of the world, and the lack of priority given to it by health policy. Comparison of currently documented worldwide disease patterns, and older expected patterns based on outdated theory reveals a blind spot regarding cervical cancer, and a socially constructed negligence that has cost the lives of many women. Secondly, the study demonstrates the ineffectiveness of efforts toward cervical cancer screening and treatment in Peru, dramatically revealed in women's narratives of suffering. This ineffectiveness is due in part to imitation of technologies used in Western nations, with inadequate consideration of local geographic, economic, and cultural realities. Analysis of diverse worlds of resource, risk, resistance, and response provides insight for negotiating relevant cervical cancer interventions for populations in and from underdeveloped regions of the world.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:04:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:04:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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