Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 412–422 | Cite as

Systematic Review of Mammography Screening Educational Interventions for Hispanic Women in the United States

  • John S. LuqueEmail author
  • Ayaba Logan
  • Grace Soulen
  • Kent E. Armeson
  • Danielle M. Garrett
  • Caroline B. Davila
  • Marvella E. Ford


In the United States (U.S.), Hispanics experience breast cancer disparities. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among Hispanic women, and Hispanic women receive mammography screening at lower rates than some other ethnic groups. This low rate of screening mammography is associated with increased risk for possible late-stage diagnosis and lower survival rates. Educational interventions could play a role in increasing screening mammography rates among Hispanic women. This systematic review synthesized the current literature on educational interventions to increase mammography screening among Hispanic women. The review included studies published between May 2003 and September 2017 with experimental and quasi-experimental interventions to increase mammography screening among Hispanics in the U.S. Five studies out of an initial 269 studies met inclusion criteria for the review. All studies employed an interpersonal intervention strategy with community health workers, or promotoras, to deliver the mammography screening intervention. For each study, odds ratios (OR) were calculated to estimate intervention effectiveness based on similar follow-up time periods. The study ORs resulted in a narrow range between 1.02 and 2.18, indicating a low to moderate intervention effect for these types of interpersonal cancer education interventions. The summary OR for the random effects model was 1.67 (CI 1.24–2.26). Hispanics exhibit lower levels of adherence to screening mammography than non-Hispanic whites. Interpersonal cancer education interventions such as the use of promotoras may help to mediate the impact of barriers to receiving a mammogram such as low health literacy, deficits in knowledge about the benefits of screening, and low awareness of the availability of screening services.


Breast cancer Cancer screening Mammography Promotora Hispanics/Latinos 


Funding Information

This article was supported by in part by funding from the National Cancer Institute: Biostatistics Shared Resource at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina (P30 CA 138313) and the South Carolina Cancer Health Equity Consortium (SC CHEC) (R25 CA 193088).

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The content presented is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Luque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ayaba Logan
    • 2
  • Grace Soulen
    • 2
  • Kent E. Armeson
    • 2
    • 3
  • Danielle M. Garrett
    • 4
  • Caroline B. Davila
    • 2
  • Marvella E. Ford
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Public Health, Science Research CenterFlorida A&M UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Health SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Hollings Cancer CenterMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  4. 4.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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