Sun, Aug 06, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Women fail to recognize prevention beats cure

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Many women fail to attach sufficient importance to annual health check-ups, according to a recently released survey.

The survey, conducted by the Chinese-language magazine Baby and Mother in June, questioned 1,533 interviewees aged 26-35 to gauge women's attitudes toward health screening.

The survey showed that only 23 percent of the women have regular health check-ups. Almost half of the interviewees said they only have an examination when they feel ill while 19 percent of them said they do not have time for examinations.

Although half of the women surveyed said they are aware that breast cancer and cancer of the uterus are the major causes of death for women in Taiwan, close to 75 percent said they do not examine their own breasts for lumps.

Some 40 percent of them reported that they forgot to examine their breasts, 24 percent only had check-ups when they felt sick, and 11 percent of them said they were too busy to go through screening processes.

As many as 92 percent of the interviewees did not have yearly ultrasound examinations or routine mammography, the survey showed.

However, when it comes to pap smears (cervical smear tests), almost half of the interviewees said they take the test once a year, the survey showed.

Foundation of Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment chairman Chang Ching-chien (張金堅) said at the press conference held on Friday that the survey results show that a majority of women still do not sufficiently understand the importance of disease prevention.

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