Shang, Chenyu, Beaver, Kinta and Campbell, Malcolm (2014) Social Cultural Influences on Breast Cancer Views and Breast Health Practices Among Chinese Women in the United Kingdom. Cancer Nursing, 38 (5). pp. 343-350. ISSN 0162-220X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000195
BACKGROUND: Incidence rates for breast cancer have increased significantly among Chinese women, accompanied by low utilization of breast screening and delay in symptom presentation.
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to explore (1) views on breast cancer and breast health among Chinese women in the United Kingdom and (2) the potential influence of social and cultural context on views and screening behavior.
METHODS: Qualitative interviews were carried out with 22 Chinese women. Pertinent aspects of Grounded Theory methods, including simultaneous data collection and analysis, constant comparison, and memo writing, were used.
RESULTS: Four themes emerged: cultural views on breast cancer, information sources and knowledge, breast screening practice, and views on healthcare services. The theme views on breast cancer had 3 subthemes: a fearful disease, taboo, and fatalism. Aspects of traditional Chinese culture had important influences on Chinese women's views on breast cancer. Self-care formed the most significant strategy to promote health and prevent illness. Although the study found high utilization of breast screening when offered, only 6 women reported breast awareness practices.
CONCLUSIONS: This study found that traditional beliefs were not the sole determinant of breast health behavior. The way in which breast screening services are offered in the United Kingdom may reduce the significance of cultural views and shape individuals' health behavior. IMPLICATIONS FOR
PRACTICE: Findings indicate that information on breast awareness should be delivered to this group of women in Chinese by health professionals through Chinese mass media.
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Health Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Simone Finley|
|Deposited On:||13 Nov 2014 11:01|
|Last Modified:||23 Feb 2017 11:23|
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