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Targeted education affects women's knowledge and attitudes about breast cancer

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A culturally targeted education program notably affects Vietnamese women's knowledge and attitudes about breast cancer."

Researchers from the United States developed and implemented "an apartment-based intervention that would improve the knowledge and preventive health habits of hard to reach low income Vietnamese women regarding breast cancer. The targets were Vietnamese women aged 40 and older who resided in apartments in low-income communities in Houston."

"Twenty apartments were identified and randomly assigned to intervention and control groups," according to Yi and Luong, University of Houston. "A total of 345 Vietnamese women participated in the project. Follow-up telephone interviews were conducted at five months. Results showed that the intervention group demonstrated significant changes in knowledge and attitudes about breast cancer."

The researchers concluded, "Implications of this study include support for culturally appropriate education offered at convenient locations that emphasizes the benefits of early detection of breast cancer for low-income Vietnamese women."

Yi and Luong published their study in the Journal of Community Health (Apartment-based breast cancer education program for low income Vietnamese American women. J Community Health, 2005;30(5):345-353).

For additional information, contact J. K. Yi, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, 3855 Holman Street, Garrison Bldg, Room 104, Houston, Texas, 77204-6015, USA; E-mail:

The publisher's contact information for the Journal of Community Health is: Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013-1578, USA.

Keywords: Houston, Texas, United States, Breast Cancer, Breast Carcinoma, Patient Education, Vietnamese American women, Women's Health. This article was prepared by Biotech Week editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2005, Biotech Week via

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