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Am J Public Health. 2004 Aug;94(8):1393-8.

Breast and cervical cancer screening among Latinas and non-Latina whites.

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Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 West 168 Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10032, USA. abraido@columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined whether Latinas differ from non-Latinas in having undergone recent mammography, clinical breast examination, or Papanicolaou testing, as well as the contribution of sociodemographic and health care variables to screening.

METHODS:

We used data from the 1991 National Health Interview Survey Health Promotion and Disease Prevention supplement.

RESULTS:

Latinas were less likely than non-Latina Whites to have undergone mammography (odds ratio [OR] = 0.71; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.57, 0.88), but this difference was attenuated when we controlled for socioeconomic factors (OR = 0.90; 95% CI = 0.70, 1.15). Latinas did not differ from Whites on Papanicolaou tests or clinical breast examinations. Quality of and access to health care predicted screening.

CONCLUSIONS:

Latina ethnicity does not predict breast and cervical cancer screening behavior independent of sociodemographic and structural factors.

PMID:
15284049
PMCID:
PMC1448461
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