This study assessed mammography screening rates and related attitudes and intervention preferences in Filipino-American women, a group that has been neglected in cancer control research. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in English and Tagalog with a convenience sample of 218 Filipino women 50 years and older residing in Los Angeles. Sixty-six % had ever had a screening mammogram, 42% had had one in the past 12 months, and 54% in the past 2 years. These rates are about 20% lower than those found among African-American and white women in the 1994 California Behavioral Risk Factor Survey. Women who had received a doctor's recommendation to obtain a mammogram, women stating that they were very likely to obtain a mammogram if a physician recommended it, and women who felt very comfortable requesting a mammogram from a physician were more likely to have been screened. Women who had friends and relatives who had obtained mammograms those stating that their friends and relatives would be very supportive of their getting a mammogram, and those who felt that it was very worthwhile to obtain a mammogram were also more likely to have been screened. The following variables were negatively related to the outcome: concern over cost, the attitude that mammograms are only needed in the presence of symptoms, perceived inconvenience of taking the time and difficulties getting to the mammography facility, and embarrassment. Implications for interventions to increase breast cancer screening are discussed.

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