Race and Social Problems

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 4–14

Socio-demographic Factors and Cancer Screening Among Foreign-Born Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese Women


DOI: 10.1007/s12552-014-9119-0

Cite this article as:
Kim, K.E., Chandrasekar, E. & Lam, H.Y. Race Soc Probl (2014) 6: 4. doi:10.1007/s12552-014-9119-0


Asian Americans are now the most rapidly growing minority group in the USA. Over 60 % Asian Americans in the USA are immigrants. Cancer has been the leading cause of death among Asian American women since 1980. Understanding the barriers to screening is essential to reduce the unnecessary burden of cancer. Little is known about cancer screening behaviors among foreign-born Asian women and how socio-demographic factors may influence these behaviors. Even less is known about disaggregated Asian subgroups. Using data from the Chicago Asian Community Survey, a local health assessment survey of three Asian subgroups in Chicago, Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian, this study found that breast and cervical cancer screening rates were much lower among foreign-born Asian women, 48 and 49 %, respectively, than the national rates for the general population, 72 and 83 %, respectively. Furthermore, we studied disaggregated data to determine cancer screening differences between communities. Findings from this study provide a critical evidence base to inform future research, policy and targeted interventions for Asian ethnic-specific populations.


Socio-demographic Asian immigrants Cervical cancer screening Breast cancer screening 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen E. Kim
    • 1
  • Edwin Chandrasekar
    • 2
  • Helen Y. Lam
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Asian Health CoalitionsChicagoUSA

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