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Cervical Cancer Screening in Regional Hispanic Populations

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Objective: To examine ethno-regional differences in cervical cancer screening rates among 4 distinct Hispanic populations in 8 locations in the United States and the correlates of screening participation. Methods: Data were collected through telephone surveys and analyzed for women at least 18 years old (n=3,928), using logistic regression. Results: Ethno-regional differences in cervical cancer screening rates exist among Hispanic groups. Although some of the related factors reported in the literature were found to predict differences in rates, the differences persisted after controlling for those predictive factors. Conclusion: In addition to traditional demographic factors, other variables evidently underlie differences in Hispanics' utilization of cervical cancer screening services. These variables may be cultural and should be further investigated.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Baylor College of Medicine, Deputy Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center, San Antonio, TX. 2: Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX. 3: Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX. 4: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, South Texas Health Research Center, San Antonio, TX. 5: University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL. 6: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. 7: University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 8: The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Brooklyn, NY.

Publication date: 2000-05-01

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