What Hispanic Patients Fear The Most

hispanicsCancerIt’s hard enough to understand all the advice a doctor dispenses.

But language and cultural barriers are creating additional distrust among Hispanic patients, making them nearly twice as likely to avoid important cancer screenings as their white counterparts, a researcher said Thursday.

“If there are communication barriers, there are opportunities for misrepresentation and opportunities for miscommunication,” said B. Lee Green, the senior study author and senior member of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Health Outcomes and Behavior Program.

The analysis revealed that Hispanics would cite fear of “being a guinea pig” or a distrust of medical professionals as reasons to avoid cancer screenings.

Embarrassment associated with the screening or fear their results would not be kept confidential were mentioned less in the phone survey of 1,100 Baltimore, New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, residents.