Early Cancer Detection for Filipino American Women.
Annual rept. 1 Oct 94-31 Sep 95,
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CANCER CENTER UNION CITY
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The goal of this research is to develop a comprehensive program of interventions designed to increase early breast cancer detection among Filipino American women. Filipino Americans are projected to surpass Chinese Americans in number nationally by the year 2000. Data for the San Francisco Bay Area show high rates of late stage breast cancer in this population. The first step toward increased early detection is identification and measurement of population characteristics related to screening practices and prospective efforts to improve screening rates. A multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team will design and conduct a telephone survey with a representative sample of 1200 Filipino American women in Northern California. The sample will include 400 women from each of three age strata, 20-39, 40-64, and 65. A modified Waksburg random digit dialing RDD approach, shown to increase the efficiency of RDD for random selection within population sub-groups, will be used. A questionnaire will be developed in four Filipino languages and English to measure knowledge, attitudes, intentions, practices and barriers to screening. The instrument will be based both on questionnaires used with other populations, and formative research including unstructured interviews, focus groups, and pre-testing. The product of our findings will be a community-based intervention plan and application for a controlled trial to evaluate proposed interventions.
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