Objectives: The author examined the prevalence and predictors of colorectal cancer screening among the urban Japanese population of the United States.
Methods: A sample of Japanese residents of major US metropolitan areas completed a self-administered mailed survey.
Results: Physician recommendation, acculturation, and perceived psychological costs were consistent predictors of screening for colorectal cancer. Gender and marital status were related to screening via fecal occult blood testing; age, susceptibility, and health insurance were related to sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy screening.
Conclusions: Colorectal cancer screening among the urban Japanese population could be increased with interventions seeking to promote physician recommendations for screening, alleviate perceived psychological costs among patients, and improve physician-patient communication.