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Health Literacy and Meeting Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Among Asians and Whites in California (SpringerPlus)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); Screening for Early Disease Detection; Cancer; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Asian; Women

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CHIS Journal Article

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​Cancer is the leading cause of death in Asian Americans, yet screening rates are notably low. Authors analyzed the 2007 California Health Interview Survey for Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, other Asian) and white women within age groups relevant to US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening guidelines: cervical: ages 21-65 and breast: ages 50-74.

Low health literacy significantly predicted lower cancer screening in final models for both cancer types. In unadjusted models, Asians were significantly less likely than whites to receive both screening types and significantly more likely to report low health literacy. However, in multivariable models, the addition of the low health literacy variable did not diminish Asian vs. white cancer screening disparities. Health literacy is likely a useful focus for interventions to improve cancer screening and ultimately reduce the burden of cancer. To specifically reduce Asian cancer disparities, additional areas of focus should be considered.


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Journal Article: Health Literacy and Meeting Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Among Asians and Whites in California

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