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(MCRC Non-Clinical) Factors influencing uptake of breast cancer screening in ethnic minority groups residing in Greater Manchester (GM)


Project Description

Identifying factors that contribute to persistent health disparities can help to focus efforts to equalise health care access across geographically diverse populations. Breast cancer screening is a key factor to detecting cancer early and improving cancer outcomes. Yet, breast cancer screening uptake in ethnic minority groups is low. This is a particular health concern for Greater Manchester (GM) as the proportion of residents within the broad White ethnic group has fallen from 81% in 2001 to 66.6% in 2011. All other ethnic groups have increased in proportion since 2001, with the Asian group, in particular, growing from 10.4% in 2001 to 17.1% in 2011. There is a need to understand the barriers to breast cancer screening for Asian women living in GM and to develop effective culturally sensitive approaches for cancer early detection and promote population health and health equity.

The objectives of the project include:
1. To systematically review and synthesise the qualitative literature on breast cancer screening up-take in Asian women living in Western countries to identify barriers and enablers.
2. To conduct semi-structured interviews/focus with Asian women living in GM to explore their beliefs, preferences and experiences of breast cancer screening.
3. To conduct semi-structured interviews with GPs located in GM areas with high Asian populations to explore their beliefs and views about barriers and enables to screening uptake in Asian women. And how these might be addressed.
4. To examine GM-level data to identify relationships between screening behaviour of younger women and those within screening age range, with a family history of breast cancer.
5. To co-design and test with Asian women an intervention to increase breast screening uptake.

Entry Requirements
Candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A related master’s degree would be an advantage.

On the online application form select PhD Cancer Sciences. Applicants can only apply for up to TWO projects. This project has a start date of September 2020. Interviews are currently scheduled for Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Funding Notes

This Project is funded through the CRUK as part of the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED). This four year Studentship will cover an annual stipend (currently at £19,000 per annum), running expenses and PhD tuition fees at UK/EU rates. Where international student fees are payable, please provide evidence within your application of how the shortfall will be covered (approximately £19,000 per annum).

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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