Barriers and opportunities for early detection of breast cancer in Gaza women

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Department of Radiology

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Adult; Aged; Breast Neoplasms; Culture; *Early Detection of Cancer; Female; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Mammography; Middle Aged; Middle East; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Questionnaires; Religion; Residence Characteristics; Risk Factors; Social Values; Socioeconomic Factors


Diagnosis | Health Services Administration | Neoplasms | Oncology | Radiology | Women's Health


A survey of 100 women living inside Gaza (WIG) and 55 Gaza women residing outside Gaza (WOG) was conducted to investigate barriers and opportunities for breast cancer screening, and to better understand possible differences based on residency. The survey found that over 90% of both groups were willing to undergo a diagnostic mammogram for a breast complaint and 86% of WIG and 85% of WOG believed survival was increased with early detection. However, only 27% of WIG and 50% WOG were willing to undergo screening mammography. Religion and culture were not barriers to mammography for over 94% of WIG and 98% of WOG. Limited resources and lack of access to medical facilities were identified as barriers in up to 55% of WIG compared to 15% of WOG. Misconceptions about breast cancer were reported more frequently by WIG, including beliefs that breast cancer is not very common and that breast cancer can be contagious.

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Breast. 2011 Apr;20 Suppl 2:S30-4. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2011.01.010 Link to article on publisher's site

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Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland)

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