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Prevalence of breast-related symptoms, health care seeking behaviour and diagnostic needs among women in Burkina Faso

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, April 2018
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Title
Prevalence of breast-related symptoms, health care seeking behaviour and diagnostic needs among women in Burkina Faso
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BMC Public Health, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5360-6
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Leonie Ströbele, Eva Johanna Kantelhardt, Timongo Francoise Danielle Traoré Millogo, Maurice Sarigda, Jürgen Wacker, Kirstin Grosse Frie

Abstract

The prevalence of breast cancer has been increasing in sub-Saharan Africa over the last few years. Patients often present with late stage disease, resulting in a high mortality rate. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of breast -related symptoms in the female population of Burkina Faso. The findings can be used to advise on adequate diagnostic health services for breast symptoms to ensure early detection and down-staging of breast cancer. A cross-sectional, population based study of 996 women was conducted to investigate the proportion of women with breast-related symptoms. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect sociodemographic data, information about breast cancer knowledge and details about breast-related symptoms, health care seeking and medical care. Breast-related symptoms were categorised as currently present/not currently present to estimate the current prevalence of women requiring a diagnostic service. Among the 996 women, 120 reported having had a breast-related symptom in their life. Only 36 women sought medical advice and eight women had diagnostic confirmation by histological or imaging techniques. Current breast-related symptoms were reported by 33 women (3.3% of the sample). An extrapolation to Burkina Faso's female population suggests that 184,562 women are in current need of diagnostic services due to any breast-related symptoms. Imaging techniques at the community and referral level are needed in order to triage women with breast-related symptoms. Specialised services need to be strengthened to ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases. Education campaigns among the general population and among health care professionals are required to increase awareness of breast cancer and improve prompt health care seeking and referral.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 45 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 9 20%
Student > Master 5 11%
Student > Postgraduate 3 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 4%
Other 7 16%
Unknown 16 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 14 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 16%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 4 9%
Social Sciences 3 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 4%
Other 1 2%
Unknown 14 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 April 2018.
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#2,921,892
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Outputs from BMC Public Health
#3,009
of 8,697 outputs
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#80,236
of 273,403 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#1
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