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Socioeconomic factors, immigration status, and cancer screening among Mexican American women aged 75 and older

TitleSocioeconomic factors, immigration status, and cancer screening among Mexican American women aged 75 and older
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsReyes-Ortiz, CA, Markides, KS
JournalHealth Care Women IntHealth Care Women Int
Volume31
Pagination1068-81
Date PublishedDec
ISBN Number1096-4665 (Electronic)<br/>0739-9332 (Linking)
Accession Number21058091
KeywordsAcculturation, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Cohort Studies, Early Detection of Cancer, Emigration and Immigration, Female, Health Behavior/ ethnology, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Insurance, Health, Mammography/statistics & numerical data/ utilization, Mexican Americans/ psychology/statistics & numerical data, Papanicolaou Test, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology, Socioeconomic Factors, United States, Vaginal Smears/statistics & numerical data/ utilization
AbstractTo explore the association between socioeconomic factors and acculturation with cancer screening methods, we analyzed data from the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, on 1,272 women aged 75 and older residing in the United States in 2004-2005. We found that lower Pap smear or mammography uses were associated with older age, lower education, and having public health insurance compared with private. Other factors associated with mammography use were depressive symptoms, cognition, and functional limitations. In sum, socioeconomic factors and health insurance coverage, but not acculturation, determine cancer screening utilization in very old Mexican American women.