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Asian Indian Breast Cancer Program (2003-2005)

Program Overview 

Funder: Komen(Susan G Komen for the Cure: 2004-2006: POP0402934)
Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population in the United States, with 30 distinct ethnic groups, of which Asian Indians are the third largest. Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among Asian-Indian women living in India. However, there are few studies reported on the rate of breast cancer and breast cancer screening behavior among Asian-Indian women living in the United States. 

In this study, we would like to explore why Asian-Indian women are not aware of the importance of breast cancer screening.  We also would like to look at some issues such as 1) how many Asian-Indian women get checked for breast cancer; 2) how breast cancer screening behaviors are related to the number of years lived in the U.S. and the grade of schooling; 3) how Asian-Indian women perceive the risk of getting breast cancer; 4) what difficulties were encountered in trying to obtain breast cancer screening; and 5) what breast cancer screening procedures are feasible for them to follow and practice.

A total of 450 Asian-Indian women, 40 years of age and older, who live in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas, will be selected.  A survey questionnaire, which can be easily understood by the Asian-Indian women, will be used. The questions will be asked in English or Indian languages by female Asian-Indian interviewers.  The findings of the study will help our understanding of cancer control needs in Asian-Indian women.  This study will be a foundation on which to develop educational programs to increase cancer awareness as well as to promote breast cancer screening for poor and poorly-educated Asian-Indian women.


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