International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Knowledge about Breast Cancer and Negative Influences Affecting Breast Cancer Screening Among Women in Jordan
Lina Najib Kawar

Background: In Jordan, there are high rates of breast cancer (BC). It is increasing at a rate of 4% per year. BC is the most common of all cancers in Jordan and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Jordanian women.
Objective: The purpose of this qualitative pilot study was to explore beliefs about participating in breast cancer screening (BCS) among women in Jordan and to identify cultural factors that become negative influences to BCS participation.
Method: A qualitative approach using focus group interviews was conducted among two groups of Jordanian women who provided personal information regarding BCS participation and their perceived negative influences towards screening.
Results: Knowledge about BC was inadequate. They reported fear of having BC, death, and social stigma. The decision to participate in BCS was influenced by cultural negative influences and by clinicians’ advice. Findings indicated insufficient knowledge and cultural misconceptions about BC and screening.

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