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Japanese American women: behaviors and attitudes toward breast cancer education and screening.

Health Care for Women International

Aged, Asian Americans, psychology, Attitude to Health, ethnology, Breast Neoplasms, prevention & control, Breast Self-Examination, California, Women's Health, Cultural Characteristics, Female, Health Education, Humans, Japan, Mammography, Middle Aged, Questionnaires, Research Design, Adult

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      Moores University of California, San Diego, Cancer Center's Asian Grocery Store-Based Cancer Education Program trained bilingual, bicultural student health educators to provide breast cancer information to Japanese American women. A subset consented to help evaluate the program by completing baseline and follow-up surveys. Study participants reported high adherence to mammography screening guidelines, but lower than optimal adherence to clinical breast examination (CBE) and monthly breast self-examination (BSE) guidelines. While less than half of the women felt they had enough knowledge about breast cancer, nearly all indicated that they would be willing to share any knowledge they gained with loved ones and that their loved ones would be receptive to their information. A limitation of the study is its small sample.

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