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Korean American Women and Mammogram Uptake.

  • Author(s): Lee, Eunice E
  • Nandy, Karabi
  • Szalacha, Laura
  • Park, HanJong
  • Oh, Kyeung Mi
  • Lee, Jongwon
  • Menon, Usha
  • et al.

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.

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