Factors influencing breast cancer screening in low-income African Americans in Tennessee.

Patel K, Kanu M, Liu J, Bond B, Brown E, Williams E, Theriot R, Bailey S, Sanderson M, Hargreaves M
J Community Health. 2014 39 (5): 943-50

PMID: 24554393 · PMCID: PMC4165808 · DOI:10.1007/s10900-014-9834-x

This study examined demographic and lifestyle factors that influenced decisions and obstacles to being screened for breast cancer in low-income African Americans in three urban Tennessee cities. As part of the Meharry Community Networks Program (CNP) needs assessment, a 123-item community survey was administered to assess demographic characteristics, health care access and utilization, and screening practices for various cancers in low-income African Americans. For this study, only African American women 40 years and older (n = 334) were selected from the Meharry CNP community survey database. There were several predictors of breast cancer screening such as marital status and having health insurance (P < .05). Additionally, there were associations between obstacles to screening and geographic region such as transportation and not having enough information about screenings (P < .05). Educational interventions aimed at improving breast cancer knowledge and screening rates should incorporate information about obstacles and predictors to screening.

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Adult African Americans Aged Age Factors Breast Neoplasms Early Detection of Cancer Female Humans Mammography Middle Aged Poverty Socioeconomic Factors Tennessee

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