A systematic review on social, cultural and individual influences on the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of South Asian women regarding asymptomatic screening for female cancers

Principal Investigator, Dr Steve Brown, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool. Co-Principal Investigators, Pooja Saini, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Mr Mysore Chandrashekar, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust.
Partners for the project include, Professor Anil Jain, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Kinta Beaver, University of Central Lancashire, Research Associate (pending appointment), De-partment of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Research Nurse (pending appointment), Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital NHS Trust, Eleanor Kotas, University of Liverpool, Saima Rashid, Asian Women Breast Cancer Support Group, Naheed Tahir, Service User.
The incidence of some female cancers in South Asian women, such as breast cancer, are equal to and exceed national rates and are rising. South Asian women diagnosed with female cancers have poorer relative survival rates than the national average. Full reasons for this are unclear, but poorer survival is partly attributable to South Asian women’s lower uptake of screening opportunities, which is attributable to cultural factors within South Asian populations.
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