Cancer Control Continuum in Korean American Community Newspapers: What Is the Association with Source Nationality—US vs. Korea?

Jungmi Jun, Joonkyoung Kim, Minhee Choi, Yujin Heo

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Prior research suggests that cancer information obtained from Korean American community media, which are the primary health information sources among the population, does not connect to Korean Americans’ increased cancer knowledge or cancer protective/detective behavior. We aim to identify the reason by analyzing cancer type, cancer control continuum, and cancer topic presented in Korean American community newspapers. The nationality of news source, US and Korea, and its association with the cancer coverage were examined. We found that among articles that cited any source, nearly one third used a source from Korea. The source nationality was associated with cancer coverage. In particular, cancer risk factors and screening were more likely to be discussed when a US source was cited as compared to when no source was cited. Korean sources were never or rarely observed in articles focusing on a few cancer sites (e.g., breast and prostate, which Korean Americans have higher risks compared to native Koreans), cancer preventive behaviors (diet, physical activity, no smoking), and specific cancer detection methods (mammogram, pap-smear). We suggest Korean American media to reflect the cancer priority and information needs among Korean Americans, which are varied from native Koreans, and to acknowledge the differences in cancer prevention and detection guidelines between the U.S. and Korean healthcare system. Also, the U.S. government should disseminate cancer screening and prevention guidelines, customized to racial/ethnic groups’ cancer prevalence and communication preference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1070
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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