Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 825–829 | Cite as

Breast and cervical cancer screening among Asian subgroups in the USA: estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2008, 2010, and 2013

  • Meredith L. ShoemakerEmail author
  • Mary C. White
Brief report



This study describes variations in mammography and Pap test use across and within subgroups of Asian women in the USA.


Using data from the National Health Interview Survey (2008, 2010, and 2013), we calculated weighted proportions for selected Asian subgroups (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Other Asian) of women reporting mammography and Pap test use.


The proportion of women aged 50–74 years who reported a mammogram within the past 2 years did not differ significantly across Asian subgroups. The proportion of women aged 21–65 years who received a Pap test within the past 3 years differed significantly across Asian subgroups, with lower proportions among Asian Indian, Chinese, and Other Asian women. Recent immigrants, those without a usual source of care, and women with public or no health insurance had lower proportions of breast and cervical cancer screening test use.


Patterns of mammography and Pap test use vary among subgroups of Asian women, by length of residency in the USA, insurance status, usual source of care, and type of cancer screening test. These findings highlight certain Asian subgroups continue to face significant barriers to cancer screening test use.


Asians Mammography Pap test Healthcare disparities Cancer screening 



This research was supported in part by an appointment (MLS) to the Research Participation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy and CDC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health PromotionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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