Regular self-examination of a person’s body and its parts is being advocated as a strategy for early detection of diseases.
Self-examination of the face; oral cavity; breasts; genitalia; and skin are commonly advocated by medical professionals and organizations.
Surveys have consistently shown that majority of people, both in the Philippines and abroad, still do not practice regular self-examination. The people include health professionals.
The reasons usually identified or forwarded are the following:
- Do not give importance to the benefits that can be derived from self-examination.
- Not knowledgeable on how to do the self-examination.
- Do not want to do self-examination because of fear of discovering a disease.
- Do not want to do self-examination because of a belief that frequently touching a certain part of the body, like the breast, can cause a disease, particularly, cancer.
- Do not want to do self-examination because of cultural beliefs that prohibit it.
- Difficult to develop the habit of…
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