Table 3.

Relationship between barriers to help-seeking and visiting the doctor with a cancer symptom

Barriers to help-seekingVisited doctorχ2
No, % (N)Yes, % (N)
Emotional
    Too embarrassed33.9 (20)15.9 (28)8.80, df = 1, P < 0.01
    Too scared43.1 (25)25.3 (44)6.61, df = 1, P < 0.01
    Worried what doctor might find55.9 (33)39.0 (69)5.18, df = 1, P < 0.05
    Not confident to talk about symptom23.7 (14)11.4 (20)5.46, df = 1, P < 0.05
Service
    Worried about wasting doctor's time54.2 (32)40.3 (71)3.47, df = 1, P = 0.063
    Doctor difficult to talk to29.8 (17)17.8 (31)3.76, df = 1, P = 0.052
    Difficult to make an appointment52.5 (31)42.4 (75)1.85, df = 1, P = 0.17
Practical
    Too busy51.7 (30)31.1 (55)9.07, df = 1, P < 0.01
    Other things to worry about42.4 (25)25.4 (45)6.09, df = 1, P < 0.01
    Difficult to arrange transport5.1 (3)2.8 (5)0.69, df = 1, P = 0.406
Anything else
    Verbatim response18.6 (11)11.3 (20)2.09, df = 1, P = 0.148