Table 3

Knowledge of and perceptions about breast cancer in 120 women in Buea, Cameroon
Knowledge/Perception Frequency %
Knowledge of breast cancer’s existence 120 100.00
Perceived causes of Breast Cancer
Exposure to a wide range of cancer causing agents 64 53.33
A family history of breast cancer 29 24.17
Exposure to x-rays before 30 years of age 22 18.33
Overweight after menopause 12 10.00
Prolonged and early use of oral contraceptives 16 13.33
Oestrogen replacement therapy 14 11.67
Witchcraft 12 10.00
Perceived Risk factors for Breast Cancer
Excessive alcohol consumption 24 20.00
Excessive cigarette smoking 40 33.33
Inactivity and sedentary lifestyle 23 19.17
Prolonged use of dark hair dyes 15 12.50
High animal fat diet 18 15.00
Consumption of milk products from cows injected with genetically engineered hormones 26 21.67
Perception that Breast cancer can be prevented 114 95.00
Perceived methods of preventing Breast cancer
Dieting 30 25.00
Exercise 24 20.00
Vaccination 16 13.33
Breast examination 44 36.67
Perception that Breast cancer can be treated 84 70.00
Perceived methods of treating breast cancer
Medically 43 35.83
Traditionally 11 9.17
Spiritually 30 25.00

Suh et al.

Suh et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:627   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-627

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