Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
The prevalence of psychological distress among breast cancer patients in South India
Author(s): Dimple Rajshekar Rai, Dr. Janet Parameshwara, Dr. Sandesh KS
Abstract: Breast cancer is among the deadliest types of cancer in women the world over. The incidence rate of breast cancer in the whole of India is 25.8 in every 10,000 females. In Kerala, south India, the prevalence is 30.5 within the urban regions and 19.8 within the rural ones. The disease and treatment-related symptoms are the primary causes of stress in patients living with the ailment and who undergo active treatment. For such a reason, depression is one of the prevalent psychological symptom that the breast cancer patients perceive, and it additionally affects the quality of life of such patients. This study purposes to report the rates of prevalence of psychological distress in breast cancer patients in south India. The study adopts a qualitative secondary study approach, collecting data from secondary electronic sources and finds limited research findings on the study question that indicates a prevalence rate of 21.5%.