Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness and Literacy Among Korean-American Women

Y. Joon Choi, Hee Yun Lee, Soonok An, Young Ji Yoon, Jennifer Oh

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Background: Korean-American women experience a higher incidence of cervical cancer than non-Hispanic White women as well as other Asian-American women. A prominent cause of such a disproportional health risk among Korean-American women is a lack of awareness and knowledge of cervical cancer screening. Identifying factors related to cervical cancer screening awareness and literacy is critical for increasing cervical cancer screening among this population. Methods: Researchers surveyed 230 Korean-American women in a metro area in a Southeastern state, USA. Based on Anderson’s Behavioral Model of Health Services Use, predisposing, enabling, and need factors were explored to predict cervical cancer screening awareness and literacy. Results: Monthly income, education, English proficiency, and annual checkups had significantly positive associations with cervical cancer screening awareness. Having an acquaintance giving support and receiving an annual checkup had significantly positive relationships with cervical cancer screening literacy. Discussion: This study recommends culture specific guidelines to promote annual checkups through primary care physicians and the transfer of information about cervical cancer screening through acquaintances giving support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Acquaintance support
  • Annual checkups
  • Cancer screening literacy
  • Cervical cancer
  • Korean-American women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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