Current Gaps in Breast Cancer Screening Among Asian and Asian American Women in the United States

J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Jun 23:S1546-1440(21)00465-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2021.06.002. Online ahead of print.


Over the past two decades, the US Asian population has increased 72%, representing the fastest growth rate of any major racial group. Currently, there are over 20 million Asian and Asian American women in the United States, who identify with at least 1 of 19 different origin groups. Although women of Asian ancestry have traditionally been considered low risk for experiencing adverse breast cancer-specific outcomes, aggregated data may mask health disparities seen among subgroups. In the United States, recent data demonstrate that the burden of breast cancer among Asian women has increased each year over the past decade. We aim to characterize challenges faced by Asian and Asian American women in the United States related to cultural stigma, socio-economic status, and overall access to breast cancer care. An increased understanding of barriers to breast cancer prevention and treatment efforts is needed to develop more effective strategies aimed at reducing disparities in care among segments of this heterogenous population.

PMID:34174207 | DOI:10.1016/j.jacr.2021.06.002