Knowledge and attitude of women regarding breast cancer screening tests in Eastern Iran

Izanloo, A. and Ghaffarzadehgan, K. and Khoshroo, F. and Haghiri, M. E. and Izanloo, S. and Samiee, M. and Tabatabaei, A. and Mirshahi, A. and Fakoor, M. and Moghadam, N. J. and Sadrzadeh, S. M. (2018) Knowledge and attitude of women regarding breast cancer screening tests in Eastern Iran. ecancermedicalscience, 12.

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Introduction: According to recent statistics, there has been a rapid growth of breast cancer in developing countries. Thus, early detection is essential. This study is based on the perception of people in the Northeast of Iran regarding breast cancer screening. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 1469 women were selected randomly in the period from April to November 2016. The study population consisted of women or their companions referring to outpatient clinics or people in public urban areas who filled out a breast cancer screening questionnaire in an interview. Results: The patients' age was in the range of 14 to 84 years (mean = 38.8). More than 84 of interviewees were not informed of breast cancer and screening tests. The main reasons mentioned by patients for their failure to do screening tests was 'absence of any symptom or problem' and 'they did not think it was necessary'. There was not a significant difference between income level, marital status and knowledge of people about breast cancer screening tests (P > 0.05). However, employment, education level and family history had a positive effect on people's awareness of breast cancer and its screening tests (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The lack of knowledge in people from low socio-economic classes was the main barrier to breast cancer screening. In this regard, organizing training programs by physicians and the media can help raise screening rates. © the authors;.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :1 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Ghaffarzadehgan, K.; Razavi Cancer Research Center, Razavi Hospital, Imam Reza International UniversityIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breast cancer Early detection of cancer East of Iran Knowledge Screening adolescent adult aged Article cancer screening cross-sectional study educational status employment status family history female health belief health literacy human Iran socioeconomics
Subjects: WP Gynecology
QZ pathology-neoplasms-Genetics
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: lib2 lib2 lib2
Date Deposited: 12 May 2020 03:05
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 03:05

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