Perceived Risk of Breast Cancer in Relation to Precautionary Behavior among Females in Saudi Arabia

  •  Nawal A. Alissa    


Background: For the last two decades, the number of women with breast cancer in Saudi Arabia increased steadily. Risk perceptions or an individual's perceived susceptibility to a threat are a key component of many health behavior change theories. Little is known about relationships between risk perceptions of breast cancer and performing preventive practices.

This descriptive study highlights the risk perception of breast cancer in relation to preventive interventions among females over 18 years old in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive correlational design. An online questionnaire was conducted with 500 participants aged 18 years and older. The questionnaire was self-administrated electronic questionnaire designed by using Google Forms and it gated broadcast through social media channels such as WhatsApp and twitter.

Results: The study emphasized a low risk perceptions about breast cancer and performing preventive practices. Positive correlation was found between female's risk perceptions and doing the mammogram screening.

Conclusions: Findings will be helpful to use risk perception of breast cancer in the prediction of women adopting preventive measures.

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