COMMUNICATING PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO ADOPTING NASOPHARYNGEAL CANCER PREVENTIVE BEHAVIOUR

Ho, Jia Yiing and Ting, Su Hie and Yuwana, Podin (2021) COMMUNICATING PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO ADOPTING NASOPHARYNGEAL CANCER PREVENTIVE BEHAVIOUR. In: International Conference on Language Studies 2021, 08-09 September 2021, UNIMAS.

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Abstract

The study investigated how the public communicate their perceived barriers to adopting the preventive behaviour to minimise risk of Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC), also known as nose and throat cancer. The study involved 65 participants living in Kuching and Samarahan divisions of Sarawak, Malaysia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore their perceived barriers after reading an NPC pamphlet produced by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The participants reported that living a healthy lifestyle is more difficult than consulting a doctor. A total of 19% participants reported that living a healthy lifestyle is hard, 29% remained indifferent and 52% found it easy. They knew NPC risk could be minimised by reducing smoking, following a healthy diet and exercising. However, the main perceived barrier was a lack of discipline. For 69% of the participants, seeing a doctor about NPC was not a barrier, but the remaining participants fear of facing the truth and the pain of the cancer screening. The findings suggest that in the context of NPC, recommendations to consult doctors should be more visibly worded to attract the public’s attention and to motivate action to seek medical treatment.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: perceived barriers, nasopharyngeal cancer, nose and throat cancer, lifestyle, cancer screening
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Hie
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 02:20
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 02:21
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/36784

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