Older Mexican-American women and cancer screening: Progress toward targets for healthy people 2000

Z. Helen Wu, Sandra A. Black, Jean L. Freeman, Kyriakos Markides

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Background: Published information about cancer screening in older Mexican-American women is scarce. This study reported the patterns of mammogram and Pap test use among older Mexican-American women. The patterns and associated factors were examined and compared with Healthy People 2000 targets. Methods: Data were obtained from the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly, the largest representative survey of community-dwelling Mexican Americans aged 67 years or over, from the southwestern United States. Results: Among older Mexican-American women, 68.3% reported ever having a mammogram, and 41.2% reported having a mammogram in the last two years; 64.0% reported ever having a Pap test, with 43.6% reported having a Pap test in the last three years. Conclusions: The data for older Mexican-American women demonstrated that they approached the targets for breast cancer screening, but not for Pap test use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-651
Number of pages7
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001



  • Cancer Screening
  • Elderly
  • Hispanics
  • Mammogram
  • Mexican-American
  • Pap Tests
  • Risk Factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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