Cancer Fatalism and Adherence to National Cancer Screening Guidelines: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Moreno, Patricia I.; Yanez, Betina; Schuetz, Steven J.; Wortman, Katy; Gallo, Linda C.; Benedict, Catherine; Brintz, Carrie E.; Cai, Jianwen; Castaneda, Sheila F.; Perreira, Krista M.; Gonzalez, Patricia; Gonzalez, Franklyn, II; Isasi, Carmen R.; & Penedo, Frank J. (2019). Cancer Fatalism and Adherence to National Cancer Screening Guidelines: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Cancer Epidemiology, 60, 39-45.

Moreno, Patricia I.; Yanez, Betina; Schuetz, Steven J.; Wortman, Katy; Gallo, Linda C.; Benedict, Catherine; Brintz, Carrie E.; Cai, Jianwen; Castaneda, Sheila F.; Perreira, Krista M.; Gonzalez, Patricia; Gonzalez, Franklyn, II; Isasi, Carmen R.; & Penedo, Frank J. (2019). Cancer Fatalism and Adherence to National Cancer Screening Guidelines: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Cancer Epidemiology, 60, 39-45.

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BACKGROUND: Sociocultural factors, such as health insurance status, income, education, and acculturation, predict cancer screening among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos. However, these factors can be difficult to modify. More research is needed to identify individual-level modifiable factors that may improve screening and subsequent cancer outcomes in this population. The aim of this study was to examine cancer fatalism (i.e., the belief that there is little or nothing one can do to lower his/her risk of developing cancer) as a determinant of adherence to national screening guidelines for colorectal, breast, prostate, and cervical cancer among Hispanics/Latinos. METHODS: Participants were from the multi-site Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study (N = 5313). The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Health Interview National Trends Survey was used to assess cancer fatalism and receipt of cancer screening. Adherence was defined as following screening guidelines from United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society during the study period. RESULTS: Adjusting for well-established determinants of cancer screening and covariates (health insurance status, income, education, acculturation, age, Hispanic/Latino background), lower cancer fatalism was marginally associated with greater adherence to screening for colorectal (OR 1.13, 95% CI [.99-1.30], p = .07), breast (OR 1.16, 95% CI [.99-1.36], p = .08) and prostate cancer (OR 1.18, 95% CI [.97-1.43], p = .10), but not cervical cancer. CONCLUSIONS: The associations of cancer fatalism were small and marginal, underlining that sociocultural factors are more robust determinants of cancer screening adherence among Hispanics/Latinos.




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Moreno, Patricia I.
Yanez, Betina
Schuetz, Steven J.
Wortman, Katy
Gallo, Linda C.
Benedict, Catherine
Brintz, Carrie E.
Cai, Jianwen
Castaneda, Sheila F.
Perreira, Krista M.
Gonzalez, Patricia
Gonzalez, Franklyn, II
Isasi, Carmen R.
Penedo, Frank J.



2019

P2C-No. "The authors thank the staff and participants of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) and the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study (HCHS/SOL SCAS) for their important contributions."

Cancer Epidemiology

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