In my language: my breast cancer story

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) commissioned a series of videos of women from diverse cultural backgrounds sharing their breast cancer experience with the aim of encouraging other women to open up about their diagnosis and seek support.

In my language: my breast cancer story is a series of six short videos each featuring a woman from a Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin or Arabic-speaking background who has been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. In these videos, each woman tells the story of her diagnosis and treatment in her own words and in her own language, with English subtitles.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that women in Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Arabic-speaking communities have a high rate of incidences of breast cancer and are more likely to report themselves as speaking English “not well” or “not at all”.

Many of these women reported feeling scared and isolated after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and often had difficulty accessing appropriate information about the kinds of treatment and support available to them and their families. In addition to this, many women said they felt unsupported by their communities when they revealed they had breast cancer due to cultural myths and misinformation about breast cancer in their communities.

This series addresses some of these problems for women with different language and cultural backgrounds, and provides information about how to obtain support and some supporting materials available in women in these languages.

Full series of BCNA videos, In my language: my breast cancer story.

BCNA Press Release


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