Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Geography

Abstract

examine the perception and barriers of breast cancer screenings of Hong Kong Chinese women using a structured questionnaire. Of the 496 respondents, 70.8% and 77.0% considered a family history of breast cancer and prior history of benign beast problems as risk factors respectively. However, over 40% were unsure of other risk factors including age, early age at menstruation, late age at menopause, childlessness and oral contraceptive use. About 80% regarded breast cancer as a serious illness and 88.7% acknowledged that both mammography and breast self examination (BSE) could help early detection of the disease. Nevertheless about 68% had never had a mammogram, and the most important perceived barriers were not knowing how the test was done (81.3%) and the cost (63.0%). Only 31.9% did not practice BSE, and not knowing how to perform BSE was the primary perceived barrier.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Global Journal of Health Science

Volume number

1

Issue number

2

Publisher

Canadian Center of Science and Education

First Page (page number)

97

Last Page (page number)

105

Referreed

1

ISSN (print)

1916-9736

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/gjhs/article/view/1506

Keywords

breast cancer, risk factors, Health Belief Model, screenings, perceived barriers, Hong Kong

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