Breast cancer knowledge, attitudes and practices among Nepalese women

V. R. Bhatt, R. V. Wetz, R. Shrestha, B. Shrestha, N. Shah, P. Sayami, C. K. Gurung, K. F. Weiserbs

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Although Nepal has an epidemic of early-onset, aggressive, advanced breast cancer, breast cancer knowledge and screening practices of Nepalese women have not been assessed. This paper summarises the results of a physician-administrated survey of gynaecologic inpatients (n= 100) admitted between 1 December 2009 and 31 January 2010 at a Nepalese University. Mean knowledge score of the participants was 65%, significantly higher among highly educated women (P= 0.008), professionals (P= 0.014) and women counselled during medical visits (P= 0.030). Study participants, including highly educated women, had many misconceptions. This included lack of awareness of painless nature and non-lump symptoms of breast cancer as well as the belief that traditional health care can be curative. The majority of participants were unaware of clinical breast examination (68%) and mammography (56%). Only 10% of the participants had undergone breast evaluation in the last 2 years. The practice of breast evaluation was more common among Buddhists (P= 0.043), and women counselled during medical visits (P < 0.001), with high economic status (P= 0.022), higher education (P= 0.013) and a family history of breast cancer (P= 0.049). Counselling during medical visits and higher education level were associated with better knowledge of and screening practices for breast cancer in the studied population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)810-817
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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