Dietary factors and cancers of breast, endometrium, and ovary: strategies for modifying fat intake in African American women.

Hargreaves MK, Buchowski MS, Hardy RE, Rossi SR, Rossi JS
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1997 176 (6): S255-64

PMID: 9215217 · DOI:10.1016/s0002-9378(97)70384-3

Modification of dietary fat and fiber could help prevent cancers of the breast, endometrium, and ovary that are prevalent in African-American women. Dietary intervention programs aimed at reducing fat intake have had mixed results in this population. The transtheoretic model is proposed for achieving dietary change. Strategies for changing health behaviors in African-American women include heightening sensitivity to cultural values among health educators and the use of multiple strategies to reinforce messages. To stimulate healthier eating, it is important to incorporate the distinct habitual eating patterns into innovative intervention methods, using effective behavioral change methods.

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African Americans Breast Neoplasms Dietary Fats Dietary Fiber Endometrial Neoplasms Female Food Preferences Guidelines as Topic Humans Models, Theoretical National Institutes of Health (U.S.) Ovarian Neoplasms Prevalence Risk Factors United States

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