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Table 2 Perception of symptoms of breast cancer

From: Patient delay factors in women presenting with breast cancer in a low income country

Characteristic Participant distribution
Number Percentage
How serious symptoms were considered
 Nothing serious 78 48
 Little serious 28 17
 Moderately serious 10 6
 Very serious 46 28
Worried at that time
 No 71 44
 A little 33 20
 Some 13 8
 A lot 45 28
Did you think it could be cancer?
 No 105 65
 Yes 57 35
Seeking attention
 Immediately 12 7
 Soon but not immediate 18 11
 Took some time 65 40
 Took a long time 67 41
What did the first doctor tell you?
 Benign tumor 40 28
 Tumor suspect 90 63
 Malignant tumor 13 10
Tests requested by the first doctor
 Ultra sound scan 78 48
 Mammograph 13 8
 Biopsy 50 31
 None 21 13