Asian American women's historically low breast cancer mortality rate has remained constant as rates decreased for all other races. From 2000 to 2004, a randomized controlled trial explored the Asian grocery store-based breast cancer education program's impact on Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese women (n = 1,540). Women aged 40 and older and non-adherent for annual screening mammograms were more likely to schedule a mammogram after receiving the breast cancer education program than women randomized to the prostate cancer program (X2 = 3.85, p = 0.05). With the right program ingredients, late adopters of breast cancer screening can be prompted to change.
Breast cancer Asian grocery stores Asian American Chinese Filipino Korean Vietnamese
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This project was funded by a series of annual grants from the San Diego Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the National Cancer Institute's R25-CA65745, the Cancer Center Core Grant #5 P30 CA023100, and the Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership Program grants U56 CA92079, U56 CA92081, U54CA132379, and U54 CA132384 as well as the National Institutes of Health's Division of National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities EXPORT grant P60MD00220. The manuscript's contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official beliefs of the funding agencies. The authors also wish to thank the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the San Diego Union of Pacific Asian Communities for their guidance and generous contribution of printed educational materials and the participating grocery stores.
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