|Title||“If It Is Written by Allah, There Is Nothing That Can Stop It”: Saudi women’s breast cancer narratives|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Sinky, TH, Cheyney, M, Dolcini, MM|
|Journal||Health, Culture and Society|
|Pagination||60 - 74|
The purpose of this study was to identify cultural models of breast cancer held by Saudi women and to explore how these may influence early detection and treatment-seeking behaviors. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews with breast cancer survivors (n=20) from two Western cities in Saudi Arabia. Respondents were recruited through social networking, using purposive, snowball sampling. Illness narratives elicited during interviews were transcribed, coded and then analyzed using a modified grounded theory approach. Results suggest that fatalism, perceived threats to traditional role fulfillment, and a preference for traditional therapies commonly mark the breast cancer experiences of Saudi women, influencing their early detection and treatment-seeking behaviors. A more nuanced understanding of emic viewpoints could help to improve public health messaging and intervention strategies in Saudi Arabia.