Journal of Community Health

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 291–300 | Cite as

Differences Among College Women for Breast Cancer Prevention Acquired Information-Seeking, Desired Apps and Texts, and Daughter-Initiated Information to Mothers

  • Cynthia KratzkeEmail author
  • Anup Amatya
  • Hugo Vilchis
Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to examine among college women acquired breast cancer prevention information-seeking, desired apps and texts, and information given to mothers. Using a cross-sectional study, a survey was administered to college women at a southwestern university. College women (n = 546) used the Internet (44 %) for active breast cancer prevention information-seeking and used the Internet (74 %), magazines (69 %), and television (59 %) for passive information receipt. Over half of the participants desired breast cancer prevention apps (54 %) and texts (51 %). Logistic regression analyses revealed predictors for interest to receive apps were ethnicity (Hispanic), lower self-efficacy, actively seeking online information, and older age and predictors for interest to receive texts were lower self-efficacy and higher university level. Eighteen percent of college women (n = 99) reported giving information to mothers and reported in an open-ended item the types of information given to mothers. Predictors for giving information to mothers were actively and passively seeking online information, breast self-exam practice, and higher university level. Screenings were the most frequent types of information given to mothers. Breast cancer prevention information using apps, texts, or Internet and daughter-initiated information for mothers should be considered in health promotion targeting college students or young women in communities. Future research is needed to examine the quality of apps, texts, and online information and cultural differences for breast cancer prevention sources.


Breast cancer Internet Text messaging Applications Communication 



This study was supported by a New Mexico State University Faculty Rising Star Grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Health Sciences, MSC 3HLSNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.Border Epidemiology and Environmental CenterNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA

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