Breast cancer in younger women from diverse cultural backgrounds

Mary Reidy, Suzanne Denieffe

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Research identifies unique challenges for younger women diagnosed with breast cancer at or before 45 years of age. This paper explores the experiences of younger women from diverse cultural backgrounds with breast cancer to see if there are differing healthcare provision needs across cultures. Sandelowski and Barroso's framework for undertaking a meta-synthesis is used in this paper. Initial searches in academic databases returned 42 papers of interest. Re-reading the papers in the context of the research question identified 12 studies which met the inclusion criteria. Five key themes were identified in these 12 studies. The overarching finding is that, irrespective of cultural background, the confrontation with breast cancer transforms the younger woman's life. It seems that healthcare provision needs do not differ substantially across cultures. Health professionals should address the unique psychosocial effects of cancer in the context of the lifestage of the woman.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S19-S26
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Breast cancer
  • Cultural diversity
  • Meta-synthesis
  • Symptom experience
  • Younger women


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