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Cancer Related Beliefs among Irish Living in Britain

We are exploring factors that influence the persisting high cancer incidence and cancer mortality among the Irish living in Britain. We are examining the extent to which cancer health knowledge, attitudes to prevention and early detection, and perceived barriers to health care vary across generations. Qualitative interviews were undertaken in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Lay beliefs about cancers appear to be patterned by historic and economic factors among the Irish, with migration perceived to be a major influence on susceptibility to risk through occupational and geographical clustering.



Scanlon K, Harding S, Hunt K, Petticrew M, Rosato M, Williams R. Potential barriers to the prevention of cancers and to early cancer detection among Irish people living in Britain: a qualitative study. Ethnicity & Health 2006;11:325-341


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