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October Newsletter

Cancer Screening Rates Among Asian Ethnic Groups

A new fact sheet from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, titled " Cancer Screening Rates Among Asian Ethnic Groups," finds that, within the Asian population, ethnic subgroups differ substantially in their receipt of cancer screenings at recommended intervals. In additional, screening rates for cervical and breast cancer are generally lower for members of Asian ethnic groups with limited English proficiency.

Using data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001), the fact sheet examines cancer screening rates for cervical cancer (Pap test), breast cancer (mammogram), and colorectal cancer (fecal occult blood test, colonoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy) among Asian ethnic subgroups.

This fact sheet also examines cancer screening rates among adults with limited English proficiency.

Key findings from this fact sheet include:

  • Cambodian and Korean women have rates of screening for breast cancer that are far below the average rate for California
  • Less than 40% of Cambodian and Korean men and women over the age of 50 report a recent colorectal cancer screening
  • Among Chinese women, the proportion reporting a Pap test is significantly lower for limited English proficient (LEP) women than for English proficient women
  • While 63.8% of English proficient Korean women report a mammogram in the past two years, this rate drops to 45.4% among those with limited English proficiency

The fact sheet was prepared by Ninez Ponce, Melissa Gatchell and E. Richard Brown with funding provided by a grant from the California Endowment.

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