Early Cancer Detection for Filipino American Women,
Annual rept. 1 Oct 96-30 Sep 97,
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CANCER CENTER UNIONCITY
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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. This population has been showed to have high rates of late stage breast and cervical cancer. 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 designed and conducted a random telephone survey with a representative sample of 875 Filipino American women in 12 Northern California counties. A Census Tract based random digit dialing RDD method was used using tracts with at least 8 Filipinos, based on 1990 Census. The sample included 191 women 65, 225 aged 50-64, 459 aged 20-49. A questionnaire was developed in three Filipino languages and English. The instrument is based on formative research, a pilot test, and other pre-testing. Preliminary analysis showed that mammography rates varied by age, language use, and insurance status. In particular, those who were elderly, less acculturated, or lacked insurance were less likely to be screened. 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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