Awareness of breast cancer and screening procedures among Malaysian women

Kanaga Kumari Chelliah, J. Nithiya, M. F V Noor Shatirah

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Breast cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in women globally and early detection increases the survival rate of patients. Therefore, this study was done to determine factors which influence the awareness of breast cancer and practice of screening procedures. A cross-sectional study was performed on 125 women aged 19-60 years in urban and rural areas in Malaysia using a validated questionnaire covering knowledge of breast cancer and screening practices. A total of 99.2% respondents knew that breast cancer is the leading cancer with a mean knowledge of 67.3 ± 15.3% for urban and 50.2 ± 14.7% for rural women Mann Whitney U showed rural women had significantly less awareness compared to urban women (p> 0.05). Spearman correlation test showed a significant positive relationship between education and awareness (p> 0.05). Regarding awareness of the screening methods, 92.8%, 50.4% and 47.2% of respondents correctly answered questions on capability of BSE, CBE and mammography, respectively. In conclusion, the study showed awareness of breast cancer and practice of screening procedures increases with higher education and urban living. Therefore, there is an urgent need for an intensive breast cancer awareness campaign and availablity of screening centres prioritized in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1965-1967
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume12
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Early Detection of Cancer
Breast Neoplasms
Education
Malaysia
Mammography
Neoplasms
Survival Rate
Cross-Sectional Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Breast cancer
  • Early detection
  • Practice
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Chelliah, K. K., Nithiya, J., & Noor Shatirah, M. F. V. (2011). Awareness of breast cancer and screening procedures among Malaysian women. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 12(8), 1965-1967.

Awareness of breast cancer and screening procedures among Malaysian women. / Chelliah, Kanaga Kumari; Nithiya, J.; Noor Shatirah, M. F V.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 12, No. 8, 2011, p. 1965-1967.

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Chelliah, KK, Nithiya, J & Noor Shatirah, MFV 2011, 'Awareness of breast cancer and screening procedures among Malaysian women', Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1965-1967.
Chelliah, Kanaga Kumari ; Nithiya, J. ; Noor Shatirah, M. F V. / Awareness of breast cancer and screening procedures among Malaysian women. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2011 ; Vol. 12, No. 8. pp. 1965-1967.
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