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Table 3 Selected beliefs and attitudes of participants towards cancer, BCS and HCPs (N = 1,063)

From: Beliefs and attitudes about breast cancer and screening practices among Arab women living in Qatar: a cross-sectional study

Variable No. (%) of participants
Health status*  
Poor – Fair 252 (23.8)
Good – Excellent 809 (76.2)
Is there anything you can do to prevent cancer?  
No/don’t know 608 (57.2)
Yes 455 (42.8)
Would you want to know if you were diagnosed with cancer?  
No/don’t know 142 (13.4)
Yes 921 (86.6)
What type of HCP would you prefer?  
Male HCP or no preference 98 (9.2)
Female HCP 965 (90.8)
Nurse or no preference* 293 (27.6)
Doctor 768 (72.4)
Non-Arab HCP or no preference 517 (48.6)
Arab HCP 546 (51.4)
Why do people get cancer?  
It’s God’s punishment  
No 914 (86.0)
Yes 149 (14.0)
It’s fate/destiny  
No 34 (3.2)
Yes 1029 (96.8)
It’s bad luck  
No 960 (90.3)
Yes 103 (9.7)
Cancer is contagious  
No 1016 (95.6)
Yes 47 (4.4)
Cancer is hereditary  
No 349 (32.8)
Yes 714 (67.2)
Unhealthy lifestyle  
No 71 (6.7)
Yes 992 (93.3)
Not breastfeeding their babies  
No 197 (18.5)
Yes 866 (81.5)
Doctor has talked to participant about breast cancer  
No 804 (75.6)
Yes 259 (24.4)
Participant feels her healthcare needs are met  
No 59 (5.6)
Yes 1004 (94.4)
Participant trusts doctor  
No 18 (1.7)
Yes 1044 (98.3)
Participant feels she is treated respectfully by HCP  
No 21 (2.0)
Yes 1042 (98.0)
Doctor is understandable  
No 357 (33.6)
Yes 706 (66.4)
Participant would make mammogram appointment if HCP recommended  
No 66 (6.2)
Yes 997 (93.8)
Participant would make mammogram appointment if she received letter from HCP recommending it  
No 439 (41.3)
Yes 624 (58.7)
  1. *2 participants did not answer these questions.