Asian Indian Women: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Breast Cancer Early Detection

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  • Georgia Robins Sadler B.S.N., M.B.A., Ph.D.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Sharanjeet Kaur Dhanjal B.S.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Neeta Bhatia Shah B.S.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Rina Bihari Shah B.S.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Celine Ko B.A., M.A.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Mihai Anghel B.S.,

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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  • Ryan Harshburger B.S.

    1. Georgia Robins Sadler is an Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine.
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Address correspondence to Georgia Robins Sadler, B.S.N., M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Director for Community Outreach, UCSD Cancer Center, 0658, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093-0658, Tel.: (858) 534-7611, Facsimile: (858) 534-7628, E-mail: gsadler@ucsd.edu

Abstract

Education programs have been developed to promote adherence to recommended breast cancer screening guidelines. Few studies have assessed the degree to which ethnic subgroups are perceiving and acting on the proffered information. Such assessment is vital to the creation of efficient public health interventions. This paper describes the reported breast cancer knowledge, attitudes, and screening behaviors of 194 American Asian Indian women. While monthly breast self exam adherence was low, only 40.7%, 61.3% of women 40 and older, and 70% of women 50 and older, reported having had a mammogram within the past 12 months. These rates for annual mammography screening are high relative to many other ethnic groups. While the results are encouraging, the respondents may not be representative of all Asian Indian women. The majority of these women reported that their breast cancer knowledge is inadequate. They were willing to be called upon to share with others any knowledge they gained. There is a clear opportunity for public health nurses to provide Asian Indian women with a more comprehensive understanding of breast health and disease. Those women can then share their health knowledge with other women within their ethnic group.

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