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Table 2 Knowledge and perceptions of breast cancer among female members and male heads of households in Kaloleni sub-county, Kenya

From: Breast Cancer knowledge, perceptions and practices in a rural Community in Coastal Kenya

  Females (n = 442) Males (n = 237)
Question n(%)a n(%)a
Have you heard of cancer?
 Yes 374(85.4) 227(96.2)
 No 64(14.6) 9(3.8)
Have you heard of breast cancer?
 Yes 357(81.5) 217(92.3)
 No 81(18.5) 18(7.7)
Have you known someone with BC?
 Yes 151(34.6) 105(44.5)
 No 286(65.5) 131(55.5)
How much do you know about BC?
 Nothing at all 193(44.8) 64(27.2)
 Only heard the term 88(20.4) 40(17.0)
 A little 134(31.1) 122(51.9)
 Very familiar 14(3.3) 9(3.8)
Is BC a serious illness?
 Yes 226(85.6) 162(94.2)
 No 3(1.1) 1(0.6)
 Don’t know 35(13.3) 9(5.2)
What causes BC?
 Don’t know 407(93.6) 216(92.3)
 Otherb 24(5.52) 18(7.7)
Do men get BC?
 Yes 43(9.9) 76(33.8)
 No 159(36.6) 56(29.9)
 Don’t’ know 233(53.6) 93(41.3)
Is BC curable?
 Yes 210(48.0) 142(60.4)
 No 68(15.5) 33(14.0)
 Don’t know 160(36.5) 60(25.5)
Can you survive BC if it is detected early?
 Yes 255(58.2) 171(72.8)
 No 47(10.7) 26(11.1)
Don’t know 136(31.1) 38(16.2)
Can a traditional healer treat BC?
 Yes 17(3.9) 7(3.0)
 No 334(77.1) 188(80.3)
 Don’t know 82(18.9) 39(16.7)
  1. BC = breast cancer
  2. a total numbers may not add up to 442 (females) or 237 (males) because some respondents did not respond to specific questions
  3. bIncluding viruses, close contact with a person with BC, heredity, lifestyle, evil eye and witchcraft