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Table 6 Reasons for planning CBE or non-compliance and CBE practice

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

  CBE practice
Variables Yes (%) No (%) P- value
Reasons participants planned CBE (n = 525)
For her own health    χ2(1, N = 525) = 4.74, p = 0.030*
No 2 (14.3) 12 (85.7)
Yes 222 (43.4) 289 (56.6)
Fear of getting cancer as a reason for CBE    χ2(1, N = 525) = 2.57, p = 0.109
No 46 (36.5) 80 (63.5)
Yes 178 (44.6) 221 (55.4)
Reasons participants did NOT plan CBE (n = 538)
Might be painful or uncomfortable    χ2(1, N = 538) = 11.03, p = 0.001*
No 100 (23.1) 333 (76.9)
Yes 9 (8.6) 96 (91.4)
Fear of knowing you might have cancer    χ2(1, N = 538) = 8.39, p = 0.004*
No 101 (22.5) 348 (77.5)
Yes 8 (9.0) 81 (91.0)
Embarrassment    χ2(1, N = 538) = 19.22, p < 0.001*
No 100 (24.6) 307 (75.4)
Yes 9 (6.9) 122 (93.1)
It won’t do her any good    χ2(1, N = 538) = 2.51, p = 0.113
No 102 (21.2) 379 (78.8)
Yes 7 (12.3) 50 (87.7)
Because a male will examine her breasts    χ2(1, N = 538) = 3.25, p = 0.071
No 105 (21.2) 391 (78.8)
Yes 4 (9.5) 38 (90.5)
Husband or male relatives not supportive    χ2(1, N = 538) = 0.47, p = 0.491
No 108 (20.4) 421 (79.6)
Yes 1 (11.1) 8 (88.9)