Factors associated with colorectal cancer screening among Chinese-Americans

Prev Med. 2004 Aug;39(2):323-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.04.029.

Abstract

Objective: To investigate factors associated with receipt of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among urban senior Chinese-Americans.

Methods: Two hundred three men and women from three senior centers completed a questionnaire that included sections on demographics, fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) and sigmoidoscopy use, and potential barriers to screening.

Results: Receipt of a FOBT within the prior 12 months (37.9% of sample) was associated with fewer years of US residency, lower level of worries or fears of test results, and higher level of perceived susceptibility to CRC. Receipt of a flexible sigmoidoscopy within the past 5 years (22.2% of sample) was associated with higher levels of education, lower levels of worries or fears of test results, and higher level of perceived susceptibility of CRC.

Conclusions: Intervention programs may target these areas to facilitate CRC screening in Chinese-Americans so that national goals can be met for all Americans.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • New York
  • Risk Factors
  • Sigmoidoscopes
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population