Leveraging breast cancer screening to promote timely detection, diagnosis and treatment among women in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review protocol

Vida Nyagre Yakong, Agani Afaya (Lead / Corresponding author), Robert Kaba Alhassan, Somin Sang, Solomon Mohammed Salia, Richard Adongo Afaya, Jebuni Fuseini Karim, Anthony Kuug, Daniels-Donkor Silas Selorm, Confidence Alorse Atakro, Renna Akokre, Peter Adatara, Martin Amogre Ayanore

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Abstract

Introduction Female breast cancer is now the most often diagnosed cancer in the world. Breast cancer screening aims to reduce mortalities related to cancer, and morbidity associated with advanced stages of the disease, through timely detection in asymptomatic women. This study aims to conduct a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the evidence on the factors that influence the provision and uptake of breast cancer screening among women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Methods and analysis PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature including Google Scholar will be searched to identify published studies on barriers and facilitators to breast cancer screening from January 2010 to 2021. Two reviewers will independently assess the quality of all the included studies using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool version 2018. We envisage that this review will adduce evidence on common barriers and facilitators to breast cancer screening in SSA. Identifying these barriers and facilitators will help guide the initialisation of effective interventions that will improve breast cancer screening uptake among women in SSA. This review will also guide future research in developing, implementing and evaluating appropriate interventions tailored toward increasing breast cancer screening uptake.
Ethics and dissemination Ethics approval for this protocol is not required since it does not involve collecting data from human participants. The outcomes of this study will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere058729
Number of pages5
JournalBMJ Open
Volume12
Issue number5
Early online date25 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2024

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