Minorities are less trusting of doctors

Feb. 6, 2009 at 9:33 PM

CAREFREE, Ariz., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests minority women are less likely to be screened for breast cancer because of a lack of trust in the medical system.

Nearly half of all women studied agreed that they had been "deceived or misled by health-care organizations," HealthDay News reported Friday.

Thirty-nine percent of black women said healthcare organizations "don't always keep your information totally private" -- compared to 15 percent of Hispanic and 9 percent of Arab-American women.

The study by Karen Patricia Williams of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine was presented Thursday at the American Association for Cancer Research's Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Arizona.

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