Factors associated with breast cancer screening in Asian Indian Women in Metro-Detroit

Fatema I. Boxwala, Areeta Bridgemohan, Derek M. Griffith, Amr S. Soliman

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Few studies have examined social factors related to breast cancer screening in Asian Indian women in the Midwestern US. This cross-sectional, community-based survey utilized constructs of the Health Belief Model to examine factors associated with breast cancer screening among Asian Indian women in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. Of the 160 participants, 63.8% reported receiving both a clinical breast exam and mammogram within the past 2 years. Women were more likely to screen for breast cancer if they had a college education, lived in the US for more years, perceived that breast cancer screening is useful in detecting breast cancer early, agreed that mammography was important, and received a recommendation by a healthcare provider to get a mammogram. These findings highlight the need for further research on regional differences in breast cancer screening knowledge, behaviors and predictors among Asian Pacific Islanders subgroups such as Asian Indian women who recently immigrated to the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-543
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Asian Indian
  • Asian Pacific Islander
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer screening
  • Health belief model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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