Knowledge and perception of breast cancer and its treatment among Malaysian women

Role of religion

Noraida Mohamed Shah, Billy Lim Tzyy Nan, Nies Yong Hui, Farida Hanim Islahudin, Ernieda Md Hatah

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Purpose: To investigate the association between religiosity, perceptions, and knowledge of breast cancer and its treatment among women in Malaysia. Methods: Knowledge and perceptions of breast cancer and its treatment were determined via a questionnaire adapted from previous studies. The Duke Religion Index was used to measure participants’ religiosity. The questionnaires were distributed among women in public areas in Kuala Lumpur. Results: A total of 384 women participated in this study. Non-organisational religious activity (NORA; r = -0.113, p < 0.05) and intrinsic religiosity (IR; r = -0.183, p < 0.01) were significantly negatively correlated with knowledge of breast cancer. NORA (r = 0.115, p < 0.05) and IR (r = 0.229, p < 0.01) were positively, significantly correlated with the perception that patients who underwent treatment for breast cancer can enjoy good quality of life. There was also a significant positive correlation between NORA (r = 0.175, p < 0.05) and IR (r = 0.249, p < 0.01) on the statement that spiritual support improves treatment for breast cancer. IR was the only subscale positively, significantly associated with the perception of choosing breast-conserving surgery as a primary treatment choice (r = -0.111, p < 0.05) and dietary therapies (r = 0.126, p < 0.05) or acupuncture (r = 0.120, p < 0.05) as alternative treatments for breast cancer. Conclusion: Religiosity should be considered in improving women’s knowledge and perceptions of breast cancer and its treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-962
Number of pages8
JournalTropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Breast Neoplasms
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Acupuncture
Quality of Life

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Knowledge
  • Perceptions
  • Religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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