Background: Disparities in breast cancer (BC) screening continue to affect Latinas significantly, but the factors that explain these disparities remain unclear.
Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate whether physician's instruction on breast examination and mammography recommendations predicted Latinas' adherence to mammography screening above and beyond other influential variables.
Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive design was utilized. Convenience and snowball sampling techniques were followed to recruit 344 Latinas aged 41 years and older from predominantly Latino neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado.
Main outcome measures: Latinas' adherence to mammography screening recommendations by the American Cancer Society.
Results: Characteristics that were significantly associated with mammography adherence were age, Pap smear adherence, physician's breast examination instructions, and physician's mammography recommendations.
Conclusion: The study provides evidence that the BC screening disparities that significantly affect Latinas can be addressed by increasing physician's involvement through BC screening instruction and referral.
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