DOI: 10.1007/s40615-017-0397-2">

Demographic predictors and cancer screening among Asian Americans in Michigan: Role of refugee status

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Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities


Although the Asian American population has steadily increased since 1980s, there remains a paucity of literature on cancer screening utilization on this population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate preventive health and screening practices by examining demographic predictors of health and screening behaviors among 217 Asian Americans living in state of Michigan. Several demographic and acculturation-related factors were found to be associated with “ever screened” status in the bivariate analyses. This included the examination of the relationships among refugee status and cancer screening practices among Asian Americans. After adjusting for other demographic correlates, Asian Americans in the refugee group had lower screening rates in colorectal and breast cancer. Our findings emphasize the need for effective interventions to increase cancer screening rates in this vulnerable population.

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DOI: 10.1007/s40615-017-0397-2