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Table 3 Knowledge of breast cancer risk factors of KAP participants

From: Understanding women’s perspectives on breast cancer is essential for cancer control: knowledge, risk awareness, and care-seeking in Mwanza, Tanzania

Risk Factors Response N (%)
Being older can increase the chance of getting breast cancer
 Disagree 399 (35.3%)
 Not Sure 565 (50.1%)
 Agree 165 (14.6%)
Not breastfeeding can increase the chance of getting breast cancer
 Disagree 211 (18.7%)
 Not Sure 600 (53.1%)
 Agree 318 (28.2%)
Having a close relative with breast cancer can increase the chance of getting breast cancer
 Disagree 414 (36.7%)
 Not Sure 544 (48.2%)
 Agree 171 (15.1%)
Long term hormone contraceptive use can increase the chance of getting breast cancer
 Disagree 145 (12.9%)
 Not Sure 514 (45.5%)
 Agree 470 (41.6%)
Being overweight (BMI over 25) can increase the chance of getting breast cancer
 Disagree 244 (21.6%)
 Not Sure 650 (57.6%)
 Agree 235 (20.8%)
Do you know any other risk factors? Yes 84 (7.4%)
 If Yes, Of or pertaining to food or drink 34 (40.5%)
 If Yes, Traditional Healer/Traditional drugs 16 (19.0%)
 If Yes, Of or pertaining to Bras and Clothes§ 12 (14.3%)
 If Yes, Other 22 (26.2%)
What do you think your own chances are to develop breast cancer in your lifetime?
 Likely 145 (12.8%)
 Moderate 273 (24.2%)
 Unlikely 107 (9.5%)
 Don’t know 604 (53.5%)
Early detection is important to surviving breast cancer
 Disagree 14 (1.2%)
 Not Sure 299 (26.5%)
 Agree 816 (72.3%)
It is possible to treat breast cancer
 Disagree 43 (3.8%)
 Not Sure 299 (26.5%)
 Agree 787 (69.7%)
There is treatment available for you to treat breast cancer in Mwanza?
 Disagree 63 (5.6%)
 Not Sure 408 (36.1%)
 Agree 658 (58.3%)
  1. Examples include: Food in general, Drinking Juice or Soda, Eating food from plastic containers, excessive alcohol consumption. Examples include: Being vaccinated by a traditional healer, using traditional medicine for a long time, using drugs without a Medical Doctors approval, using drugs to enlarge breasts. §Examples include: Wearing secondhand clothes, wearing dirty or wet clothes, wearing a tight bra, wearing a black bra in the hot sun, keeping money in the bra