Micronesian women are at high risk of developing and dying from breast and cervical cancer due to social and cultural health determinants. Micronesian women acknowledge their family needs before them which contributes to why Micronesian women have less access to cancer screening/prevention services in O‘ahu. As a result, Micronesian women are affected by breast and cervical cancer.
My role as a Micronesian and a researcher are intertwined and reinforce each other in addressing cancer health disparities among Micronesian women. I intend to identify the correlation between cultural and social determinants of health and address the root causes of the issue.