Breast Cancer: Knowledge and Perceptions of Chinese Women in Hong Kong

  •  Yuk YAN    


examine the perception and barriers of breast cancer screenings of Hong Kong Chinese women using a structured
questionnaire. Of the 496 respondents, 70.8% and 77.0% considered a family history of breast cancer and prior history
of benign beast problems as risk factors respectively. However, over 40% were unsure of other risk factors including
age, early age at menstruation, late age at menopause, childlessness and oral contraceptive use. About 80% regarded
breast cancer as a serious illness and 88.7% acknowledged that both mammography and breast self examination (BSE)
could help early detection of the disease. Nevertheless about 68% had never had a mammogram, and the most important
perceived barriers were not knowing how the test was done (81.3%) and the cost (63.0%). Only 31.9% did not practice
BSE, and not knowing how to perform BSE was the primary perceived barrier.

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