Researchers from George Mason University say a lack of knowledge is to blame for patients in the Korean American community not making appointments for cancer screenings, reports New American Media
These screenings are especially important since the latest statistics show the cancer rate among Korean American men jumped 43 percent for Korean American men and 24 percent for women between 1997 and 2002. Only half of those surveyed knew about colonoscopies compared to 80 percent of the general population.
Education is seen as a factor even more so than lack of health insurance, according to the researchers.
“Until they have symptoms, they really aren’t concerned,” says researcher Kyeung Mi Oh of George Mason. “They don’t think screening is necessary.”