The aim of this study is to clarify about the risk factors and the preventive behavior for breast cancer among Filipino women who lives in rural area of the Philippines.
The total number got down to 527 in the end. Survey method was listening comprehension method by investigators with prepared questionnaires. The contents of questions are about (1) basic characteristics of the target including SES, (2) whether if they have asked/talked about cancer to their Filipino friends or family who live abroad, (3) knowledge of breast cancer, (4) their lifestyle such as diet, smoking and athletic activities, (5) reproductive health, (6) inter partner violence, (7) the degree of satisfaction of their own status in the society and household. Dependent variables were their history of inter partner violence, their knowledge of breast cancer, experience of any troubles with their breasts and their history of mammography or ultra sound test. As for any significant differences (p < 0.005) on the predictor variables, multivariate logistic analysis was used.
As for having the knowledge of breast cancer, experience of any troubles with their breasts and their history of mammography or ultra sound test, in terms of multivariate analysis, there are some significant differences between having had any contacts with friends and/or family who live abroad to ask about cancer, having high breast cancer knowledge, having any troubles with their breasts and having close relatives who had any history of cancer. There is no significant difference in terms of socio-economic factors.
In conclusion, although we found that there is no significant difference between socio-economic factors, risk factors and having the knowledge of breast cancer, it became clear that there is little useful and practical information rerated to cancer in the Philippines. Having awareness to health, familiarity with preventive behavior and correct breast cancer knowledge would protect more Filipino women from breast cancer. Therefore, the government should provide more information, better care and education to people in Philippines to save Filipino women from cancer.
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