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Perceptions of Cervical Cancer and Human Papillomavirus Among Asian Americans

18 Years
29 Years
Open (Enrolling)

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Trial Information

Perceptions of Cervical Cancer and Human Papillomavirus Among Asian Americans


If you agree to take part in this study, you will complete a survey about your health
practices and knowledge about cervical cancer and HPV. You will also be asked to provide
some personal history on yourself such as your age, gender, birthplace, ethnicity,
relationship status and educational level. Female participants will be asked to indicate if
they have received an HPV test (also called a "Pap" test) within the last 3 years. The
survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and will be filled out on the same day as
the focus group.


You will also take part in a discussion group called a "focus group." A trained focus group
leader will guide you and 8-10 others through a series of questions. He/she will lead a
discussion to hear comments, opinions, and observations on a brochure and poster about
cervical cancer and HPV. Groups will be made up of participants of the same gender (that is,
all male or all female) and ethnic group (Filipino, Korean, or Vietnamese). Each discussion
group will last about 2 hours and may be audiotaped so that the discussion may be
transcribed and analyzed. You will only be called by your first name and you are not
required to use your real name during the focus group discussion. You will not be
identified by the audiotape recordings.


When the focus group discussion is over, you will be off-study.

This is an investigational study. Up to 60 participants will be enrolled on this study. All
will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Self identified as Korean, Filipino, or Vietnamese

2. Individuals 18-29 years of age

3. Have a high school education or less (but not less than 4th grade)

4. Able to read and speak English and one of these languages: Korean, Vietnamese, or

5. Lower socioeconomic status, defined as: for a household of 1, not more than $18,620
annual income, for a household of 2, not more than $24,980, for a household of 3, not
more than $31,340, for a household of 4, not more than $37,700, for a household of 5,
not more than $44,060, for a household of 6,not more than $50,420, for a household of
7, not more than $56,780 NOTE: The CDC has granted some flexibility with these income

6. Not currently pregnant

Exclusion Criteria:

1) Household income greater than 200% of the federal poverty level

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Ecologic or Community, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

To learn about the beliefs, practices, and knowledge about cervical cancer among Asian American young adults

Outcome Time Frame:

1 Year

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Richard A. Hajek, PHD, MS, BA

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2007

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Focus Group
  • Questionnaire
  • Survey
  • HPV
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms



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