Korean American Women and Mammogram Uptake

Eunice E. Lee, Karabi Nandy, Laura Szalacha, Han Jong Park, Kyeung Mi Oh, Jongwon Lee, Usha Menon

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Abstract

A high percentage of Korean American (KA) women have never had a mammogram, which puts them at greater risk for late-stage breast cancer. The aim of this study was to compare health beliefs and spousal support about breast cancer and screening between KA women with and without a history of mammogram completion. Cross-sectional data were obtained from 428 non-adherent married KA women. KA women who never had a mammogram were younger, had less access to health care, had less knowledge, and had lower perceived self-efficacy, benefits, and spousal support, and higher perceived barriers to breast cancer screening compared to women who had had a mammogram. Assessing differing characteristics between the two groups of KA women may lead to a better understanding of the variables influencing mammography screening in this population and possibly increase early screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Health beliefs
  • Korean American women
  • Mammography
  • Spousal support

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