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University of North Carolina

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Spring 2015

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India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community


This study examines barriers to early detection for women’s specific cancers in rural India in and around Dehradun, Uttarakhand, within the framework of existing health outreach programs from tertiary hospitals in the state. The burden of cancer mortality within India is disproportionately affecting women living in rural populations considering the current health education and health care infrastructure in place. Barriers of knowledge, access to knowledge, economic condition, geography, and cultural norms are all examined within this study in the context of early cancer detection. National Indian health policy is currently framed to address the burden of cancer within India; however, early cancer detection for rural Indian women has not been adequately addressed with various policy changes over the last few decades considered continually increasing incidence and mortality rates. Therefore, this study, in examination of these barriers to early detection, seeks to provide a framework for future health policy in adequately addressing and successfully reducing cancer mortality rates for rural women within India.


Asian Studies | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | International Public Health | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health


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