Mammography screening

Female doctors' attitude and practice in sana'a, yemen

Redhwan Ahmed Al-Naggar, Zaleha Md Isa, Shamsul Azhar Shah, Robert Chen, Samiah Yasmin Abdul Kadir

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted at the main hospitals in Sana'a, Yemen to determine the attitude and practice of Yemen female doctors on mammography screening. Study subjects were all female doctors who were on duty during the questionnaire distribution. Those who agreed to participate were given the questionnaire to complete. Descriptive statistics were used to analyse socio-demographic variables and variables related to general health. Participants in this study were 105 female doctors with mean age of 32.13 years (SD = 7.17). Thirty-four respondents (36.6%) did not send asymptomatic women for mammography screening. The reasons were because of high cost (58.0%, n=25), availability of other methods (23.3%, n=10), instrument not available (11.6%, n=5) and high risk of radiation (7.0%, n=3). Twenty-five participants (26.9%) sent patients on regular basis if there was a family or personal history of breast cancer. Twenty-three participants (24.7%) sent the patients for mammogram screening every year regardless of the patients' history or symptoms. Although most doctors (36.5%) do not refer patients for mammography screening, seventy-seven (74.0%) indicated that they would refer patients for mammography screening on personal request by the patients. This study showed a low percentage of doctors who referred patients for routine mammography. The major reason given was the high cost of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-746
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Female doctors
  • Mammography screening
  • Practice
  • Yemen

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

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Mammography screening : Female doctors' attitude and practice in sana'a, yemen. / Al-Naggar, Redhwan Ahmed; Md Isa, Zaleha; Shah, Shamsul Azhar; Chen, Robert; Kadir, Samiah Yasmin Abdul.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 10, No. 5, 2009, p. 743-746.

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Al-Naggar, Redhwan Ahmed ; Md Isa, Zaleha ; Shah, Shamsul Azhar ; Chen, Robert ; Kadir, Samiah Yasmin Abdul. / Mammography screening : Female doctors' attitude and practice in sana'a, yemen. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2009 ; Vol. 10, No. 5. pp. 743-746.
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