This study offers insights into the barriers experienced by Breast Cancer (BC) patients from less privileged rural areas of Pakistan. We conducted in-depth interviews with 42 BC survivors, from the northern Sindh in southern Pakistan, to explore and analyse knowledge, geographical and financial barriers and how these barriers intersect and complicate BC patients’ lives. Results indicate that most of the women in this study were poor and their families’ health seeking behaviour was influenced by their socio-economic background; their knowledge about the disease was limited and they were unable to appropriately assess the symptoms for months, which caused delay. Based on the results, we underscore the need for increasing health education as who had a sound academic background, awareness about health as well as better social standing, accessed the treatment facility in time, approached quality healthcare services and were in a better position to cope with the aftermath of cancer. Extending the fold of quality healthcare services to less privileged areas and enabling women easy and inexpensive access to healthcare services will help in early diagnosis when treatment is affordable and chances of survival are better.
Agha, Nadia; Tarar, Maliha Gull; and Rind, Rahim Dad
Exploring Breast Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Struggle against Socio-Economic and Geographical Barriers in Rural Pakistan.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(5), 318-332.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss5/20