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Cancer Detect Prev. 2006;30(3):297-305. Epub 2006 Jul 25.

Impact of breast cancer screening intervention on Korean-American women in Maryland.

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Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. hjuon@jhsph.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Adherence to mammography guidelines among Korean-American women (KAW) is lower than that of Caucasian-Americans, and disparities in breast cancer screening related to lack of English proficiency is under-researched. This study examined the impact of a breast cancer intervention on intentions to use mammography among KAW.

METHODS:

Face-to-face pre-intervention surveys were conducted in control (n=95) and intervention groups (n=105), and were followed by implementation of a breast cancer education program. At 6 months, both groups were re-interviewed by phone (92 control and 94 intervention participants). Generalized estimating equation (GEE) analysis was used to assess the intervention effect before and after the breast cancer educational program.

RESULTS:

The intervention effect was statistically significant. Women in the intervention reported 2.96 times greater posttest intentions to have mammogram than those in the control group (95% CI, 1.13-7.66). Prior intentions, age, and positive attitudes toward mammography were associated with follow-up intentions to have a mammogram.

CONCLUSION:

This culturally and linguistically tailored educational intervention was effective in increasing breast cancer awareness in a non-English speaking population.

PMID:
16870356
DOI:
10.1016/j.cdp.2006.03.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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