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Behavioral Studies Regarding HPV and Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Prevention in Latina Immigrants

Investigator: Isabel C. Scarinci, PhD, MPA

This five-year study focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer among Latina immigrants by testing the efficacy of a theory-based, culturally relevant intervention using a group randomized controlled trial. The intervention combines elements of the sociologic approach (which takes into account cultural beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors) and cognitive-behavioral strategies delivered by lay health educators. The Social Construction Model provides the overall conceptual framework. The PEN-3 and Health Belief Model guides intervention development and implementation. Objectives include compliance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation for cervical cancer screening and increased partner communication regarding sexual behavior as well as self-efficacy (as measured through self report). The study anticipates changes in knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding the relationship between the human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer.

For more information, contact NCI Program Director: Veronica Chollette, RN, MS

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Last Updated: January 5, 2012
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