Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 515–521 | Cite as

Cancer Knowledge Among Mexican Immigrant Farmworkers in North Carolina

  • Katherine F. Furgurson
  • Joanne C. Sandberg
  • Fang-Chi Hsu
  • Dana C. Mora
  • Sara A. Quandt
  • Thomas A. ArcuryEmail author
Original Paper


Latino farmworkers are exposed to a number of carcinogens in the workplace. Cancer survival rates for Latinos are below average. This paper describes Mexican immigrant farmworkers’ knowledge of colorectal, breast, and testicular cancer, and compares farmworkers’ cancer knowledge to that of other Mexican immigrants. Survey interviews for this study were conducted with 100 farmworkers and 100 non-farmworkers in 2015 in North Carolina as part of an ongoing community-based participatory research project. We found low to moderate levels of knowledge about colorectal, breast, and testicular cancer among farmworkers. Compared to non-farmworkers, farmworkers had similar levels of knowledge about breast and testicular cancer, but slightly lower knowledge about colorectal cancer (p = 0.0087). Few studies have used quantitative methods to assess farmworkers’ knowledge of specific types of cancer. Our results demonstrate a need for increased dissemination of existing cancer education programs and further research to develop additional educational tools.


Cancer Farmworkers Community-based participatory research Latino Knowledge 



This research was supported by grant R01-ES008739 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.

Research Involving Human Participants/Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine F. Furgurson
    • 1
  • Joanne C. Sandberg
    • 1
  • Fang-Chi Hsu
    • 2
  • Dana C. Mora
    • 1
  • Sara A. Quandt
    • 3
  • Thomas A. Arcury
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Family & Community MedicineWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Biostatistical SciencesWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  3. 3.Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology & PreventionWake Forest School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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