Barriers for breast cancer screening among Asian women: a mini literature review

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. Oct-Dec 2006;7(4):509-14.


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Asian women. Breast cancer is detected in advanced stages and among younger age group women in Asia. The delay in presentation is attributed mainly to the social-cultural perception of the disease, poverty, and the strong influence of traditional medicine. Many of Asian women are not aware of the importance of regular screening. Cultural attitudes toward breast cancer screening tests, modesty, lack of encouragement by family members and physicians are the major inhibitors to women's participation in breast cancer screening. Health education using media and community health programs to create awareness of the advantages of earlier presentation and diagnosis of breast cancer in Asian women can motivate participation in breast cancer screening programs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group* / psychology
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group* / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude to Health
  • Breast Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening* / psychology
  • Mass Screening* / statistics & numerical data
  • Medicine, East Asian Traditional
  • Motivation
  • Poverty
  • Women's Health*