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Colorectal cancer screening in Vietnamese Americans

TitleColorectal cancer screening in Vietnamese Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsNguyen, BH, McPhee, SJ, Stewart, SL, Doan, HT
JournalJ Cancer EducJ Cancer Educ
Date PublishedJan-Mar
ISBN Number0885-8195 (Print)<br/>0885-8195 (Linking)
Accession Number18444045
KeywordsAged, California, Colonoscopy/psychology/ statistics & numerical data, Colorectal Neoplasms/epidemiology/ ethnology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Health Care Surveys, Health Education, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Questionnaires, Social Marketing, Texas, United States/epidemiology, Vietnam/ethnology
AbstractBACKGROUND: Rates of colorectal cancer screening in Vietnamese Americans are lower than those in non-Hispanic Whites. In this article, we describe rates of colorectal screening, identify determinants, and recommend educational strategies to improve screening. METHODS: A cross-sectional sample of 867 Vietnamese aged 50 to 74 years drawn from a sampling frame of individuals in the Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, California, and Harris County, Texas, area telephone directories with Vietnamese surnames were interviewed in 2004. RESULTS: Colorectal screening recognition, receipt, currency, and intention rates were low. CONCLUSIONS: Although the screening rates are low, Vietnamese are receptive to screening if providers recommend it.