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Carmen McDonald


Breast cancer (BC) is a significant condition that can result in devastating outcomes without treatment. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore barriers to health care disparities among young African American females. The findings of this study may help to address gaps in knowledge, obtain insights in treatments, and comprehend lived experiences with BC. The theoretical framework for this study was Bronfenbrenner's social ecological theory. Data were collected from face-to-face interviews with 10 African American women ages 20 to 40. Data were then transcribed and coded. The findings of the study indicated that women required treatment plans, informative resources enhancing comprehension of procedures, and assurance. The results of this research might motivate health care professionals to promote awareness in preventing delayed diagnosis of BC in African American women between the ages of 20 and 40 years. The findings in this study may increase health care providers' awareness and bring about social change in BC screening implementation.