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Arab Women's Breast Cancer Screening Practices: A Literature Review

  • Donnelly, Tam Truong (Faculty of Nursing and Medicine, The University of Calgary and the University of Calgary-Qatar) ;
  • Al Khater, Al-Hareth (Hamad Medical Corporation) ;
  • Al-Bader, Salha Bujassoum (Hamad Medical Corporation) ;
  • Al Kuwari, Mohammed Ghaith (Primary Health Care) ;
  • Al-Meer, Nabila (Hamad Medical Corporation) ;
  • Malik, Mariam (Primary Health Care) ;
  • Singh, Rajvir (Hamad Medical Corporation) ;
  • Jong, Floor Christie-De (The University of Calgary)
  • Published : 2013.08.30

Abstract

Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are increasing in the Arab world and the involved women are often diagnosed at advanced stages of breast cancer. This literature review explores factors influencing Arab women's breast cancer screening behavior. Searched databases were: Medline, PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CINAHL Plus, Google Scholar, Index Medicus for WHO Eastern Mediterranean, and Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. Breast cancer screening participation rates are low. Screening programs are opportunistic and relatively new to the region. Knowledge amongst women and health care providers, professional recommendation, socio-demographic factors, cultural traditions, beliefs, religious, social support, accessibility and perceived effectiveness of screening influence screening behavior.

Keywords

Arab women's breast cancer;Arab women's breast cancer screening;breast cancer in the Middle East region

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