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.

Keywords

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

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Global Journal of Health Science

Volume

1

Issue

2

Start Page

97

End Page

105

Publisher

Canadian Center of Science and Education

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Link to Publisher's Edition

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

ISSN (print)

19169736

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Geography Commons

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