Colorectal cancer screening knowledge, beliefs, and practices of Korean Americans

Kyeung Mi Oh, Gary L. Kreps, Jungmi Jun

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Objectives: To examine (1) Korean Americans' colorectal cancer (CRC) screening practices and (2) significant factors that affect the population's CRC screening. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of Korean Americans (N = 167) aged 50+ was conducted. Covariates included sociodemographics, acculturation, health status, health care access, CRC-related beliefs, and knowledge about screening. Results: Knowledge, acculturation, and health care access were significantly associated with adherence to screening guidelines. In multivariate relationships of covariates, knowledge (OR = 2.57; 95% CI: 1.64 to 4.02) and number of visits to health care (OR = 1.80; 95% CI: 1.18 to 2.76) were significant predictors. Conclusion: Identified factors influencing CRC screening can help inform targeted interventions for Korean Americans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Belief
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Knowledge
  • Korean Americans


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