Breast cancer screening: Stages of adoption among Cambodian American women

Shin-Ping Tu, Yutaka Yasui, Alan Kuniyuki, Stephen M. Schwartz, J. Carey Jackson, Vicky M. Taylor

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Background: Little information is available on the breast cancer screening behavior of Cambodian American women. Methods: We identified households from multiple sources using Cambodian surnames and conducted a cross-sectional survey, administered by bilingual and bicultural interviewers. Breast cancer screening stages of adoption were examined based on concepts from the transtheoretical model of behavioral change. Results: Our response rate was 73% (398 women in clinical breast exam (CBE) analysis, and 248 in mammography analysis) with approximately 25% each in the maintenance stage. We found significant associations between screening stage with physician characteristics. Asian American female physician increased the likelihood of being in the maintenance stage (CBE, OR = 10.1, 95% CI 2.8-37.1; mammogram, OR = 74.7, 95% CI 8.3-674.6), compared to Asian American male physician with precontemplation/contemplation stage as our referent outcome. Conclusion: Results from this study support the need to promote regular breast cancer screening among Cambodian American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Detection and Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Asian
  • Breast cancer
  • Screening
  • Stages of adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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