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Understanding women's perspectives on breast cancer is essential for cancer control: knowledge, risk awareness, and care-seeking in Mwanza, Tanzania.

了解女性对乳腺癌的观点对癌症控制至关重要: 坦桑尼亚 Mwanza 的知识、风险意识和寻求护理。

  • 影响因子:2.94
  • DOI:10.1186/s12889-020-09010-y
  • 作者列表:"Chao CA","Huang L","Visvanathan K","Mwakatobe K","Masalu N","Rositch AF
  • 发表时间:2020-06-15
Abstract

BACKGROUND:Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Since 2008, Mwanza, Tanzania, has worked to provide comprehensive cancer services through its Zonal consultant hospital. New national guidelines focused on clinical breast exam requires that women be aware of and seek care for breast concerns. Therefore, this study aims to understand breast cancer awareness in Mwanza and describe women-level barriers, care-seeking behavior, and perspectives on breast cancer. METHODS:A community-based survey was administered to conveniently sampled women aged 30 and older to assess women's perspectives on breast cancer and care-seeking behavior. RESULTS:Among 1129 women with a median age of 37 (IQR: 31-44) years, 73% have heard of cancer and 10% have received breast health education. Women self-evaluated their knowledge of breast cancer (from 1-none to 10-extremely knowledgeable) with a median response of 3 (IQR: 1-4). Only 14% felt they knew any signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Encouragingly, 56% of women were fairly-to-very confident they would notice changes in their breasts, with 24% of women practicing self-breast examination and 21% reporting they had received a past breast exam. Overall, 74% said they would be somewhat-to-very likely to seek care if they noticed breast changes, with 96% noting severity of symptoms as a motivator. However, fear of losing a breast (40%) and fear of a poor diagnosis (38%) were most frequent barriers to care seeking. In assessing knowledge of risk factors, about 50% of women did not know any risk factors for breast cancer whereas 42% of women believed long term contraceptive use a risk factor. However, 37% and 35% of women did not think that family history or being older were risk factors, respectively. CONCLUSIONS:The success of efforts to improve early diagnosis in a setting without population-based screening depends on women being aware of breast cancer signs and symptoms, risks, and ultimately seeking care for breast concerns. Fortunately, most women said they would seek care if they noticed a change in their breasts, but the low levels of cancer knowledge, symptoms, and common risk factors highlight the need for targeted community education and awareness campaigns.

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背景: 乳腺癌是全球女性最常见的癌症。自 2008 以来,坦桑尼亚姆万扎一直致力于通过其区域顾问医院提供全面的癌症服务。以临床乳腺检查为重点的新国家指南要求女性意识到并寻求乳房护理。因此,本研究旨在了解 Mwanza 的乳腺癌意识,并描述女性水平的障碍、寻求护理的行为以及对乳腺癌的看法。 方法: 以社区为基础的调查,方便地抽样调查 30 岁及以上的妇女,以评估妇女对乳腺癌的看法和寻求护理的行为。 结果: 在 1129 名中位年龄为 37 (IQR: 31-44) 岁的女性中,73% 的人听说过癌症,10% 的人接受过乳腺健康教育。女性自我评估了她们对乳腺癌的知识 (从 1-无到 10-极其了解),中位反应为 3 (IQR: 1-4)。只有 14% 的人认为他们知道乳腺癌的任何迹象或症状。令人鼓舞的是,56% 的女性相当非常有信心注意到乳房的变化,24% 的女性练习自我乳房检查,21% 的女性报告说她们已经接受了过去的乳房检查。总体而言,74% 的人表示,如果他们注意到乳房变化,他们将有可能寻求护理,96% 的人指出症状的严重程度是一种动力。然而,害怕失去乳房 (40%) 和害怕诊断不佳 (38%) 是寻求护理的最常见障碍。在评估危险因素的知识方面,大约 50% 的女性不知道任何乳腺癌的危险因素,而 42% 的女性认为长期使用避孕药是危险因素。然而,分别有 37% 和 35% 的女性不认为家族史或年龄较大是危险因素。 结论: 在没有基于人群的筛查的情况下,努力提高早期诊断的成功取决于女性是否意识到乳腺癌的体征和症状、风险,并最终寻求乳腺问题的护理。幸运的是,大多数女性说,如果她们注意到乳房的变化,她们会寻求护理,但是癌症知识、症状、常见的风险因素突出了开展有针对性的社区教育和宣传运动的必要性。

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