Skip Navigation
Grant Details

Grant Number: 5R03CA107876-02 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Abraido-Lanza, Ana
Organization: Columbia University
Project Title: Cancer Screening Among Latinas and Non-Latina Whites
Fiscal Year: 2005
Back to top


Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This study aims to examine the effects of ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES) and acculturation on breast cancer screening tests. Various studies document disparities between Latina (Hispanic) and non-Latina white women in incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer, as well as survival rates. Several studies indicate that Latina women receive fewer breast cancer screening tests than non-Latina whites, possibly accounting for some of the observed differences in breast cancer mortality and survival rates. Research on acculturation (the process by which immigrant groups espouse the values, beliefs and behaviors of a dominant culture), suggests that Latino cultural values may be associated with decreased screening. Other research indicates that SES and other structural factors (e.g., access to health care) account for differences in screening. The proposed study will significantly contribute to the literature on breast cancer screening among Latina and non-Latina white women by testing theoretical models on the effects of cultural and sociodemographic factors on cancer screening, as well as the mechanisms that mediate these effects. Using data from the Cancer Control Supplement of the 1992 National Health Interview Survey, the study will examine two screening behaviors: recent mammography and clinical breast examination and among Latinas and non-Latina whites. The following research questions will be addressed: (1) What is the relationship between ethnicity, sociodemographic variables (SES, age), acculturation and cancer screening?; (2) Are ethnicity and acculturation related to breast cancer screening behaviors even when controlling for age and socioeconomic status variables? ; and (3) To what extent do cancer knowledge, beliefs about the chances of survival of cancer, and access to health care mediate the relationships between ethnicity, acculturation, SES and cancer screening? Few studies have tested mediating processes involved in the relationship between acculturation, SES, age, and screening. Furthermore, we know of no published studies which have tested mediation models among nationally representative samples of Latina and non-Latina white women in the United States.

Back to top


Publications

Fatalism or destiny? A qualitative study and interpretative framework on Dominican women's breast cancer beliefs.
Authors: Flórez KR, Aguirre AN, Viladrich A, Céspedes A, De La Cruz AA, Abraído-Lanza AF
Source: J Immigr Minor Health, 2009 Aug;11(4), p. 291-301.
EPub date: 2008 Feb 6.
PMID: 18253833
Related Citations

Back to top


Commentary: fatalismo reconsidered: a cautionary note for health-related research and practice with Latino populations.
Authors: Abraído-Lanza AE, Viladrich A, Flórez KR, Céspedes A, Aguirre AN, De La Cruz AA
Source: Ethn Dis, 2007 Winter;17(1), p. 153-8.
PMID: 17274225
Related Citations

Back to top


Toward a theory-driven model of acculturation in public health research.
Authors: Abraído-Lanza AF, Armbrister AN, Flórez KR, Aguirre AN
Source: Am J Public Health, 2006 Aug;96(8), p. 1342-6.
EPub date: 2006 Jun 29.
PMID: 16809597
Related Citations

Back to top