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Cancer is the leading cause of death for Korean-Americans (KAs), while cancer screening rates among KAs have been consistently low. Seven semi-structured focus group interviews with 34 KA women aged 40 or older in the Washington, DC metropolitan area were conducted to explore the perceptions of KA women about seeking physical examinations and cancer(More)
Many Korean Americans (KAs) suffer high cancer incidence levels and have low cancer screening rates. A significant number of KAs lack adequate information about cancer screening tests. However, little is known about the health information seeking behaviors of KAs. This study examines the types of cancer information searched for, the cancer information(More)
Many Korean Americans suffer from high levels of cancer incidence and have low cancer screening rates. A significant number of Korean Americans lack adequate information about cancer screening tests. However, little is known about their health behaviors. This article examines exposure to mass media and health information-seeking behaviors for Korean(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore fatalistic attributions of colon cancer development among Asian and Hispanic Americans in comparison with non-Hispanic whites; also to examine the impacts of fatalism on adherence to the colon cancer screening guideline. METHODS For the analysis, the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey data were employed. RESULTS Both(More)
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,(More)
Despite the high risk of cancer to the population, Korean Americans are known to have lower knowledge about cancer related information and a lower level of adherence to cancer prevention guidelines. This indicates the necessity of cancer interventions targeting the Korean American population. To reach this population effectively, it is imperative to(More)
This study examines Korean American community newspapers' representation of risks and benefits involved with medical tourism offered in Korea. Using framing theory, this research attempts to explain Korean Americans' highly positive perceptions and high willingness to use health and medical services in Korea through medical tourism rather than using such(More)
This study examines how the Korean medical tourism industry frames its service, benefit, and credibility issues through texts and images of online brochures. The results of content analysis suggest that the Korean medical tourism industry attempts to frame their medical/health services as "excellence in surgeries and cancer care" and "advanced health(More)
We conducted a systematic analysis of 24 peer-reviewed literary works that examined Asian Americans’ breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening, focusing on empirical findings from large-scale public health surveys (i.e., NHIS, CHIS, HINTS, BRFSS). We provide an overview of relevant research in terms of study characteristics, samples, predictor/covariate(More)
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