REACH 2010: Promoting Access to Health for Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Women
Publication Date: December 2001
Publisher(s): Special Service for Groups, Inc.
Keywords: ethnic disparities; AAPI women; breast cancer; cervical cancer
Breast cancer is the leading site for cancer incidence and mortality for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women in the nation (Jenkins and Kagawa-Singer, 1994). Although AAPI women as an aggregate group have a lower incidence of breast cancer, mortality rates are increasing (American Cancer Society, 2001). Cervical cancer rates for many AAPI women are significantly higher than for white women; for example, Vietnamese women develop cervical cancer at five times the rate of white women. Unfortunately, AAPI women have the lowest breast and cervical cancer screening rates compared to all other ethnic groups (Kagawa-Singer & Pourat, 2000), yet few programs have specifically targeted these women to promote and sustain screening practices.