Ma, Grace X.; Shive, Steven E.; Toubbel, Jamil I.; Yin Tan; Min Qi Wang
December 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p233
Academic Journal
Background: The purpose of this study was to determine demographic and acculturation factors associated with breast cancer screening compliance and non-compliance among Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Cambodian women 40 years and older. Methods: A cross-sectional design included a sample of 825 Asian women, composed of Chinese Cambodians, Vietnamese, and Koreans participated in the study. Results: Among participants, 33.6% reported never screened, 22.8% reported noncompliance, and 43.6% compliance. Education and low income (< 10,000) was significantly associated with never screening for breast cancer for Cambodians. Not having insurance was associated with lower screening rates for Cambodian, Korean, and Chinese women. Asian women who spoke the English language well were also more likely to be in compliance. Among all Asian ethnic subgroups, women who did not speak English were significantly more likely never to get screened. Conclusion: Compliance with breast cancer screening guidelines can be improved by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate breast cancer education and early detection for various Asian American ethnic groups.


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