Lee Ann C. Cruz

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PURPOSE This paper describes the accomplishments of the Pacific Islander Cancer Control Network (PICCN). PICCN's objectives fall under two broad categories: increasing cancer awareness and enhancing cancer control research among Samoans, Tongans, and Chamorros. METHODS PICCN established an infrastructure for addressing the goals that include the(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known regarding the cardiovascular disease risk factors among Chamorros residing in the United States. METHODS The Chamorro Directory International and the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Questionnaire (BRFSS) were used to assess the health related practices and needs of a random sample of 228 Chamorros. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND This study evaluated breast cancer-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among Chamorros in San Diego, California and compared mammogram use between those affiliated with the military and others. METHODS A survey was administered to 110 self-reported Chamorro women. Inclusion criteria included being self-reported Chamorro woman >40 years(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the health of Chamorros residing in the United States. METHODS The Chamorro Directory International and CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System were used to assess behavioral risk factors and health needs of San Diego's Chamorro women. RESULTS Of 128 Chamorro women, 42.2% reported having a total frequency of(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the health of Chamorros residing in the United States. METHOD The CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System was used to assess cancer-related behavioral risk factors in San Diego's Chamorro men, and the Chamorro Directory International was used to recruit them. RESULTS Of the 100 Chamorro men, 19% smoked, 38.4%(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to assess the diabetes risk status, incidence, and morbidity within San Diego's Chamorro community as a foundation to help community leaders and health care providers create culturally customized health promotion interventions. METHODS The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey was used to query a randomly(More)
The groundwork for the Pacific Islander cancer control network (PICCN) began in the early 1990s with a study of the cancer control needs of American Samoans. The necessity for similar studies among other Pacific Islander populations led to the development of PICCN. The project's principal objectives were to increase cancer awareness and to enhance cancer(More)
This study examined the role of sociodemographic characteristics, health insurance, cancer knowledge, perceived health risk, and having a recent physicians’ visit on breast and cervical cancer screening utilization among a randomly selected group of Chamorro women (n = 250) residing in San Diego, California. Data were collected by a telephone survey and(More)
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