A culturally targeted intervention to promote breast cancer screening among low-income women in East Baltimore, Maryland.

Mary A. Garza, Jingyu Luan, Marcela Blinka, Reverend Iris Farabee-Lewis, Charlotte E. Neuhaus, James R. Zabora, Jean G. Ford

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Abstract

In Maryland, outreach initiatives have been unsuccessful in engaging low-income African American women in mammography screening. This study aimed to identify factors influencing screening rates for low-income African American women. Based on the Health Belief Model, a modified time series design was used to implement a culturally targeted intervention to promote a no-cost mammography-screening program. Data were collected from women 40 years of age and older on their history of mammography use and their knowledge and beliefs about breast cancer. A 50% screening rate was achieved among 119 eligible participants. Significant predictors of screening behaviors were perceived barriers, lack of insurance, and limited knowledge. This culturally targeted intervention resulted in an unprecedented screening rate among low-income African American women in Baltimore, Maryland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalCancer control : journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
Volume12 Suppl 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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