Socio-economic factors and social taboos on breast cancer in west african communities
In order to carry successfully our mission which is to empower, educate and eradicate breast cancer in West Africa is highly important to highlight the social factors (behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs) that underline African society, affect and influence Africans views of diseases, precisely breast cancer.
Some of these social behaviors and attitudes are reported by Samuel Yaw Opoku, Martin Benwell, and Joel Yarney in the responses they gathered from the interviews with breast cancer patients, herbalists, and Consultants to highlight the socio-economic factors affecting breast cancer in Ghana in their study about breast cancer in two towns in Ghana (West Africa).
Here are a few of their findings :
As mentioned, the financial constraint was described as a major obstacle to accessing health care in general and breast cancer care in particular.
This conclusion was drawn from the reported difficulty encountered by many of the respondents in paying for the cost of care and which was also corroborated by the Consultants. As noted that attitude towards breast cancer and breast screening practices among the respondents varied including fear, denial, and guilt.