• Journal Article

Cancer information-seeking experiences: The implications of Hispanic ethnicity and Spanish language

Citation

Vanderpool, R. C., Kornfeld, J., Rutten, L. F., & Squiers, L. (2009). Cancer information-seeking experiences: The implications of Hispanic ethnicity and Spanish language. Journal of Cancer Education, 24(2), 141-147.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Strategies to support cancer information-seeking among Hispanics are needed. METHODS: We analyzed data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to explore cancer information-seeking experiences among respondents according to ethnicity and language of interview. RESULTS: Over 80% of Spanish-speaking Hispanics had never looked for cancer information. Compared to English-speaking respondents, Spanish-speaking Hispanics who sought cancer information indicated their search took a lot of effort (67%), was hard to understand (54%), and frustrating (42%). Spanish-speaking Hispanics noted minimal confidence in obtaining cancer information. CONCLUSIONS: Language and cultural differences must be considered in the design, implementation, and dissemination of cancer information.