Hong Kong Med J 2009;15(Suppl 4):S4-7
Factors influencing delayed presentation with symptomatic breast cancer in Hong Kong Chinese women
WWT Lam, R Fielding, M Chan, A Or
Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research and Training; Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
1. Women knew about breast cancer symptoms, but atypical and painless presentation was more common among women delaying presentation.
2. Utilisation barriers included cost, uncertainty about referral pathways, competing priorities and embarrassment.
3. Education should emphasise atypical symptoms, a high cure rate and the need for early presentation.
4. Reduced cost and easy access to clinics would enhance early consultation.