Barriers to cancer screening among Vietnamese communities in the United States
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Early detection and intervention of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer improve cancer survival rates. However, ethnic and minority communities including Vietnamese Americans often delay their cancer screening practices. This study will discuss how the Vietnamese Americans' culture and religion influence health beliefs and health practices, to understand the barriers to health care access in the United States. This study reviewed the literature to present the current barriers to screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. Among the studies evaluated, the strongest predictors of cancer screening among Vietnamese Americans included knowledge of cancer and cancer screening, cultural attitudes, financial and structural challenges. These studies highlight the need for better cancer screening promotion and awareness within ethnic and minority populations, while they also call for improvements in healthcare policies, organizations of institutions, and social conditions in neighborhoods and cities.
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