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Asian and Hispanic Americans' Cancer Fatalism and Colon Cancer Screening

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Objectives: To explore fatalistic attributions of colon cancer development among Asian and Hispanic Americans in comparison with non-Hispanic whites; also to examine the impacts of fatalism on adherence to the colon cancer screening guideline. Methods: For the analysis, the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey data were employed. Results: Both Asian and Hispanic Americans were more likely to make fatalistic attribution and were less likely to follow the guideline than whites. Particularly for Asians, fatalism was a significant predictor for not adhering to the guideline. Conclusions: These findings emphasize the need for cultural interventions to disrupt fatalistic attitudes towards colon cancer preventions.
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Keywords: ASIAN AMERICANS; CANCER FATALISM; COLON CANCER SCREENING; HINTS; HISPANICS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA, USA. [email protected] 2: School of Nursing, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA

Publication date: 2013-03-01

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