Breast cancer awareness among an inner city group of Nigerian women
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Breast cancer awareness among an inner city group of Nigerian women

Calvin Moorley Senior lecturer, adult nursing, Faculty of health and social care, London South Bank University
Nova Corcoran Senior lecturer, School of health, sport and professional practice, University of South Wales
Mercy Sanya MSc candidate, School of health sport and bioscience, University of East London

Calvin Moorley and colleagues report on the results of a study to assess knowledge of the risks and symptoms of the disease and to determine how traditional beliefs affect perception of screening and treatment in immigrant communities

Nigerian women present with breast cancer at advanced stages when little treatment benefit can be derived. A cross-sectional purposive study was designed to gather data on knowledge, cultural beliefs and attitudes towards breast cancer screening services among Nigerian women living in east London. Results indicated that educational levels, age and traditional beliefs are among the main determinants of knowledge and health behaviour among this group. Health promotion awareness programmes should be designed and tailored in a culturally sensitive manner to dispel fear of breast cancer and meet the health literacy needs of Nigerian women.

Primary Health Care. 24, 3, 25-33. doi: 10.7748/phc2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 14 November 2013

Accepted: 09 January 2014