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Researchers from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) at NUS and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), as well as area studies specialists, anthropologists and the medical community have completed their first pilot qualitative study as part of a collaborative project. The study investigated the non-medical and cultural complexities that may influence breast cancer literacy in Asia — specifically women’s attitudes and decisions regarding breast cancer screening and treatment.
Assoc Prof Hartman (left) and Prof Chou in conversation
Supported by the NUS Asian Breast Cancer Research Fund, the study — the first in a series — identified four major barriers associated with low uptake of breast cancer screening and early treatment. The barriers identified were lack of knowledge of breast cancer occurrence, lack of information of breast cancer symptoms, misconceptions of breast cancer fatality and treatments, and the fear of being an emotional and financial burden to their families. Barriers of a similar nature were also observed among women in other Asian countries.
Associate Professor Mikael Hartman, Head of the Breast Cancer Prevention Programme at SSHSPH, who leads the research project, said that breast cancer mortality has decreased by half in the West, due to the successful implementation of breast cancer screening programmes and public health policies, but the same strategies do not seem to have similar effects in Asia.
“It is imperative to examine the health seeking attitudes of women in Asia in order to come up with programmes and policies that are tailored to their needs and concerns,” Assoc Prof Hartman, who is also a faculty member of NUS Medicine and Senior Consultant in the Division of General Surgery (Breast Cancer) at the National University Hospital (NUH), added.
The findings, peppered with anecdotes and narratives from breast cancer patients, caregivers and medical personnel in the Asian countries, were compiled into a book, titled Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia. This book was launched on 16 March by State President and NUS Chancellor Madam Halimah Yacob at a dinner to raise funds for the NUS Asian Breast Cancer Research Fund.
" It is imperative to examine the health seeking attitudes of women in Asia in order to come up with programmes and policies that are tailored to their needs and concerns."
— Assoc Prof Mikael Hartman, Head of the Breast Cancer Prevention Programme at SSHSPH
see more: https://news.nus.edu.sg/highlights/giving-meaning-breast-cancer