Breast Cancer Detection Practices among Muslim Women in Southern California

Muslim Breast Cancer Survey Results
Thursday, October 14, 2004

UMMA Community Clinic has been collaborating with UCLA, Charles Drew University and many different Muslim community organizations in Southern CA to submit a grant to the Susan B. Komen Foundation about Breast Cancer in the Muslim Community. The grant was submitted in August, and below is the abstract of the preliminary data collected during the process. Please stay tuned for more information about this exciting project; if you are interested in becoming involved please contact Lynn
Breast cancer is a serious global women¡¯s health problem. Early detection of breast cancer necessitates that women should practice monthly breast self-examination. In addition, they should have a regular clinical breast examination and mammography screening at suggested intervals. The purpose of the present study is to explore the behavior and attitude of Muslim women in Southern California towards early breast cancer detection practices. We conducted a cross-sectional study among a convenience sample of 226 Muslim women, age 30 years and above. Data were collected using a questionnaire in the primary language of the participating women. The questionnaire included questions on demography and practices of breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast examination (CBE), and utilization of mammography. Among the 226 participating women, 82

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