Breast & Cervical Ca Screening in Chinese-American Women

ABSTRACT: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening among Chinese American Women

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe breast and cervical cancer screening knowledge and practices of a representative sample of Chinese American women and to examine the factors associated with screening practices.

Results: The results showed a low level of knowledge of cancer screening tests and low use rates. Multiple logistics regression analysis showed that women with spoken English fluency were more likely to have knowledge and use of CBE, BSE, Pap test, and mammograms.

Women with better than an elementary education were more likely to have knowledge and use of CBE, BSE, and Pap test. The source of medical care was statistically significant for having had a mammogram. Knowledge of cancer warning signs and symptoms was significant for knowledge of mammogram and BSE and for the use of BSE.

Clinical implications: Multiple strategies are needed.

These might include the following:

1) integration of research with population-based care by physicians and scientists;

2) coordinated public health education on cancer screening and postscreening support in Chinese languages; and

3) replication of the NHIS survey methodology and adaptive application of these instruments across several states and regions, combined with the assessment of screening performance in Chinese American populations.

04/06/2001; Cancer Practice

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