Addressing multiple breast cancer risk factors in African-American women

Melinda R. Stolley*, Marian L. Fitzgibbon, Anita Wells, Zoran Martinovich

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This pilot study explored the acceptability and feasibility of and estimated the effectiveness of a weight loss/breast health intervention designed to reduce breast cancer risk in African-American women ages 35-65. The study had a one-group repeated-measures design and took place in a community setting. Forty-four African-American women were recruited, 35 completed the program, and 30 returned for the one-year follow-up. The pilot intervention was three weeks in duration and included twice-weekly exercise classes and weekly active learning seminars that addressed weight loss, breast health, healthy eating, and leading an active life. Measures included those of behavior related to diet, physical activity, and breast health. Satisfaction questionnaires and focus groups were also used to assess acceptability and cultural competency. Statistical analyses included Paired t-tests and Wilcoxon signed ranks tests. Significant results postintervention showed improved physical activity, dietary, and breast health behaviors. Results suggest the acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of this comprehensive weight/loss breast health program in reducing multiple breast cancer risk factors among African-American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-86
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


  • African Americans
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast screening behaviors
  • Culture
  • Intervention
  • Risk factors
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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