Exploring Iranian women's perceptions regarding control and prevention of breast cancer

Eileen Thomas, Socorro Escandón, Minoor Lamyian, Fazlolah Ahmadi, Sam Mohammad Setoode, Shokoofe Golkho

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    The purpose of this study was to explore Iranian women's perceptions, behaviors, and beliefs related to breast cancer screening, breast cancer, and follow up care. A qualitative descriptive inquiry with both individual and focus group interviews was conducted in Tehran with 31 Farsi-speaking women, age 35 to 65 years of age. A constant comparison method of analysis assisted the researchers in gaining an understanding of factors that influence Iranian women's perceptions regarding the control and prevention of breast cancer. Findings suggest that insufficient knowledge regarding breast cancer and breast cancer screening is a significant factor among this population. Breast cancer programs are needed in Iran that address women's religious beliefs and spiritual needs.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1214-1229
    Number of pages16
    JournalQualitative Report
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Sep 2011


    • Breast cancer
    • Constant comparison analysis
    • Iranian women
    • Qualitative research
    • Screening

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Cultural Studies
    • Education


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