Asian Americans Face Multiple Challenges to BC Screening

A study published in the Journal of American College of Radiology reveals that many important barriers are encountered by Asian American women during breast screening. It was noted that these differences were widely affected by ethnicity and the immigration status of these women.

Generally, women of Asian descent have a low risk of experiencing the adverse effects of breast cancer. This finding was made by a research team from New York University led by Young-Jin Sohn, however, it has been discovered that various disparities have been masked by this data.

In the U.S. over 20 million women are Asian and Asian American, each belonging to at least one origin group. Their population is the fastest growing one in the U.S, increasing to about 72% in the last 20 years.

While it is a fact in the U.S. Asian women have a lower possibility of developing breast cancer than other white women, several factors still create a challenge for this group. Different races in this group express the low breast cancer rate claim to varying levels. Research shows that breast cancer in some Asian subgroups is three times that of others (e.g. 36.9 Laotian women out of 100000 women have breast cancer compared to 126.5 Japanese women out of 100000).

Young-Jin Sohn and her colleagues say that improved efforts in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer are essential in understanding and developing better techniques for lowering disproportionalities that exist between different sub-groups of the U.S. Asian race.


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