Original Paper

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 81-86

Young Asian Americans’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Cervical Cancer and the Human Papillomavirus

  • Beverly J. GorAffiliated withCenter for Research on Minority Health, Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Email author 
  • , Janice A. ChiltonAffiliated withCenter for Research on Minority Health, Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • , Pamela T. CamingueAffiliated withCenter for Research on Minority Health, Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • , Richard A. HajekAffiliated withCenter for Research on Minority Health, Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Abstract

Cervical cancer is a major health disparity among Asian Americans, with cervical cancer rates of Vietnamese women being significantly higher than for the general US female population and low screening rates reported for Asian American females. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with young Vietnamese, Filipino, and Korean adults (ages 18–29) to collect information on knowledge, perceptions and sources of information regarding cervical cancer, Pap tests and the human papillomavirus. 16 Korean, 18 Vietnamese, and 18 Filipino (50% female) adults participated in the study. Many participants had never heard of HPV, cervical cancer and Pap testing. Cervical cancer screening rates were low for Korean and Vietnamese females and were influenced by moral beliefs and lack of awareness. Culturally relevant education materials that consider specific Asian ethnicity and language are needed to increase awareness of cervical cancer, Pap testing, and HPV among Asian American young adults

Keywords

Filipinos Vietnamese Korean Cervical cancer Human papillomavirus