Perceptions of Breast Cancer Screening in Older Chinese Women: A Meta-Ethnography

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Banning, M ; Shia, N (2014)
  • Publisher: Pharma Publisher Ltd.
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.14205/2309-4419.2014.02.01.2
  • Subject: Chinese women | Breast cancer screening | Modesty | Traditions | Culture | Compliance | Breast cancer | Fatalism
    mesheuropmc: skin and connective tissue diseases

In Eastern Asia, as the incidence of breast cancer continues to increase yet compliance with breast cancer screening in older Chinese women who are at risk of early stage breast cancer is poor. This meta-ethnography explored breast cancer awareness, attitudes and breast screening behaviour in older Chinese women. Nine qualitative studies were appraised using CASP tools. Many Chinese women believed that illness is preordained, therefore mammography was a futile exercise. Older Chinese women held erroneous views of breast cancer, and believed that if they developed this form of cancer they would hide the disease from their family due to perceptions of bad luck and derision for both the cancer patient and their family. There is a great need for targeted breast health educational programmes for Chinese migrant women that educate women to participate in mammography and promote acculturation and health education. Future public health programmes need to target older Chinese women.
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