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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec;33(6):650-60.

Cancer screening behaviors and barriers in Asian Americans.

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Department of Public Health, Center for Asian Health, College of Health Professions, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122-0843, USA. grace.ma@temple.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine differences in screening for routine physical exam and cancers among Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Cambodian Americans.

METHODS:

The sample consisted of 2011 participants. Chi square was used to identify relationships between demographic/acculturation factors and screenings.

RESULTS:

Never-screened rates were high for all Asian subgroups. Never-screened rates for mammography ranged from 20.1% to 78.5% for Pap test, 28% to 75.6% for prostate cancer, 56.7% to 97% for colorectal cancer, 65.3% to 94.9%. Koreans had the highest never screened for health checkups (34.7%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Efforts should be made to comply with screening guidelines among Asian Americans.

PMID:
19320614
PMCID:
PMC6625352
DOI:
10.5993/ajhb.33.6.3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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