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Research Paper | Medicine Science | Palestinian Territories | Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017
Breast Cancer Screening in Relation to Access Barriers to Health Care System
Bissan Isamil Abu-Shammala | Yehia Abed
Abstract: A survey of 370 female school teachers working at governmental schools was conducted to investigate access barriers for breast screening. A stratified sampling was used to select schools. All female teachers aged 34-45 years old were invited to fill out the self-administered questionnaire to investigate access barriers to health care system. The results revealed up to 46 % of women encountered access barriers including limited resources, time limitation, lack of privacy, crowdedness and geographical barriers for the treatment abroad. Women perceived lower access barriers if they were medically insured P=0.03, and resided out camp P=0.00. Negative attitudes and feeling toward breast screening such as fear were identified as barriers for approximately a half of the women. Women with children expressed higher negative attitudes and feeling toward breast cancer screening P=0.05.
Keywords: Breast cancer- Access barriers-Gaza Strip, Gaza women teachers
Edition: Volume 6 Issue 3, March 2017,
Pages: 2269 - 2273