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A Su Salud: A Quasi-experimental Study Among Mexican American Women

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Objectives: To test the effectiveness of a community intervention program to promote breast and cervical cancer screening. Method: Low-income Mexican American neighborhoods located in 2 Texas cities were assigned to intervention or comparison conditions. A 2-year community intervention was delivered via local mass media and reinforced by indigenous volunteers. Results: There were higher Pap smear completion rates for women under 40 years of age in the intervention community. Conclusion: Although it is important to address the cultural needs of all Mexican American women, it is also important to understand the tangible environmental barriers faced by the older women.
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Keywords: Latinas; Mexican Americans; cancer screening; community intervention; quasi-experimental study

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health, Houston TX. 2: Latino/a Research and Policy Center, University of Colorado-Denver, CO. 3: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Symptom Research, Houston, TX. 4: Disease Prevention & Control Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Publication date: 2003-09-01

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