FRIDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Foreign-born U.S. women are
becoming more likely to undergo mammograms to screen for breast
cancer, but native-born women still outpace them, a new study
"There is progress, overall, in use of mammography among foreign-born women in the United States, but there is still a lot of work to do to improve their use of recommended breast cancer screening," study lead researcher Nengliang (Aaron) Yao, a doctoral student in health policy and administration at Pennsylvania State University, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.
The study authors said foreign-born women are less likely to get
breast cancer screening due to factors such as lack of health
insurance and a regular place to get health care.
The researchers studied mammography screening in the United
States from 2000 to 2008 by looking at results from a national
Over the eight years, the percentage of immigrant women who
underwent screening grew from 60.2 to 65.5 percent. The researchers
attributed the rise to more "culturally and linguistically
appropriate subsidized programs."
The study findings were released Monday at the American
Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer
Health Disparities, in Washington, D.C.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
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