Objectives. We examined whether Latinas differ from non-Latinas in having undergone recent mammography, clinical breast examination, or Papanicolaou testing, as well as the contribution of sociodemographic and health care variables to screening. Methods. We used data from the 1991 National Health Interview Survey Health Promotion and Disease Prevention supplement. Results. Latinas were less likely than non-Latina Whites to have undergone mammography (odds ratio [OR]=0.71; 95% confidence interval [CI] =0.57, 0.88), but this difference was attenuated when we controlled for socioeconomic factors (OR=0.90; 95% CI=0.70, 1.15). Latinas did not differ from Whites on Papanicolaou tests or clinical breast examinations. Quality of and access to health care predicted screening. Conclusions. Latina ethnicity does not predict breast and cervical cancer screening behavior independent of sociodemographic and structural factors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health