Author

Corinne Lee

Date Approved

2011

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Committee Member

Tsu-Yin Wu, Ph.D, RN

Committee Member

Michael L. Williams, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNE

Abstract

Among Korean-American women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death. Although their incidence is lower than that of Caucasian women, Korean-American women are more likely to be diagnosed at more advanced stages of breast cancer. One of the suggested methods in breast cancer prevention is early detection and routine screenings. The present study was conducted to explore the impact of breast cancer educational workshop on breast cancer knowledge and breast self-examination practices among Korean-American women. The knowledge of breast cancer and the health beliefs (perceived benefits, perceived barriers, and perceived self-efficacy) was examined before and after the educational workshop. The results indicated that the educational workshops have a positive influence on breast cancer knowledge and health beliefs.

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