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Filipina American women's breast cancer knowledge, attitudes, and screening behaviors

Celine M Ko12, Georgia Robins Sadler2*, Lisa Ryujin2 and Adam Dong2

Author Affiliations

1 San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, California, USA

2 Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA

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BMC Public Health 2003, 3:27  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-3-27

Published: 15 August 2003



Filipino Americans are the fastest growing Asian minority group in the United States. There is limited knowledge about their breast cancer knowledge, screening practices and attitudes.


As part of the evaluation of the Asian Grocery Store-Based Cancer Education Program, 248 Filipino American women completed baseline and follow-up surveys, while an additional 58 took part in focus groups.


Compliance with annual clinical breast exam guidelines among women 40 to 49 years old was 43%, and annual mammography use among women 50 and over was 56%. The Asian Grocery Store-Based Cancer Education Program and complementary focus group study identified multiple barriers that hindered women from attending education programs, with time as the most frequently reported barrier.


The Asian Grocery Store-Based Cancer Education Program was reported to be a culturally acceptable and effective way of disseminating breast cancer information and one that addressed the women's most frequently reported barrier, lack of time.