Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 1759–1769 | Cite as

The Impact of Breast Cancer Knowledge and Attitudes on Screening and Early Detection Among an Immigrant Iranian Population in Southern California

  • L. KobeissiEmail author
  • G. Samari
  • D. Telesca
  • M. Esfandiari
  • O. Galal
Original Paper


Few studies explored factors influencing breast cancer screening and early detection behaviors among immigrant Iranian women residing in the USA. Using a cross-sectional survey, a convenience sample of 319 Iranian American women was selected to investigate the impact of breast cancer knowledge and attitude on screening. A self-administered questionnaire assessed breast cancer screening knowledge, attitude, and mammography use (ever, previous year, and future intention). 79 % of the women in the study reported ever receiving at least one mammogram and 74 % received a mammogram in the past year. Personal attitude had an independent significant effect on: mammography use in the last year, ever use of mammography, and future intention to screen. Knowledge and morality-induced attitude influenced screening behavior but not significantly. Interventions targeting breast cancer screening among immigrant Iranian women in the USA should focus on enhancing personal attitudes in order to influence actual screening behavior.


Screening Early detection Immigrant population Iranian women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Kobeissi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • G. Samari
    • 3
  • D. Telesca
    • 4
  • M. Esfandiari
    • 5
  • O. Galal
    • 4
  1. 1.Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public HealthUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.School of Middle Eastern and North African StudiesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Community Health Sciences, Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public HealthUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Biostatistics, Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public HealthUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.Math DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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