Journal article

Women's appraisal, interpretation and help-seeking for possible symptoms of breast and cervical cancer in South Africa: a qualitative study

Jane Harries, Suzanne E Scott, Fiona M Walter, Amos D Mwaka, Jennifer Moodley

BMC Women's Health | BMC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: In South Africa, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer mortality. Most cancers are diagnosed at a late-stage and following symptomatic presentation. The overall purpose of the study was to inform interventions aimed at improving timely diagnosis of breast and cervical cancer. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with women with potential breast or cervical cancer symptoms from urban and rural South Africa. Participants were recruited from a community-based cross-sectional study on breast and cervical cancer awareness. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis approach. RESULTS: Eighteen women were interviewed..

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Awarded by GlaxoSmithKline Africa Non-Communicable Disease Open Lab

Awarded by Cancer Research UK

Funding Acknowledgements

Research reported in this article was jointly supported by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), the University of Cape Town and, the South African Medical Research Council with funds received from the SA National Department of Health, GlaxoSmithKline Africa Non-Communicable Disease Open Lab (via a supporting grant Project Number: 023), the UK Medical Research Council (via the Newton Fund). Authors retained control of the final content of the publication. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. FMW is Director and SES is co-investigator of the multi-institutional Can Test Collaborative, which is funded by Cancer Research UK (C8640/A23385).