Cancer Awareness and Barriers to Seeking Medical Help Among Syrian Refugees in Jordan: a Baseline Study

Mohammad Al Qadire*, Maen Aljezawi, Noha Al-Shdayfat

*Corresponding author for this work

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Refugees in Jordan have an increased burden of cancer due to hard conditions and low income. An increase in awareness of the early signs of cancer could prompt early diagnosis. The current study aims to explore the level of cancer knowledge and barriers to seeking care among Syrian refugees in Jordan. A descriptive cross-sectional survey design was used. Two hundred and forty-one Syrian refugees living in the north of Jordan completed the Cancer Awareness Measure. The mean age was 27.9 (SD 9.1) years, ranging from 18 to 47 years. More than half (56%) of the participants were female. Participants were able to recognize a low number of symptoms (mean 4.4, SD 2.3) and risk factors (4.7 (out of 11), SD 1.9). The most commonly reported barrier was having no medical insurance (83.4%). Refugees’ knowledge of symptoms and risk factors was generally unsatisfactory. Barriers to seeking medical care were prevalent. Much work is needed to overcome barriers and enhance knowledge that can hinder early diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Awareness
  • Cancer
  • Health
  • Jordan
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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