Prevalence of Anxiety Symptoms in Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Kazakhstan and Its Associated Factors

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Public Health, Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

2 Department of Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Medicine and Biostatistics, Kazakhstan’s Medical University “KSPH,” Almaty, Kazakhstan.

3 Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4 Department of Communicative Skills, Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

5 Department of Psycho-Social Help, Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology, Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Introduction: Diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with high psychological distress. There is a lack of studies examining the prevalence of anxiety among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in Kazakhstan. Objective: This study aims to assess the mean prevalence and associated sociodemographic and clinical factors of anxiety symptoms in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. It also aims to determine independent predictors of anxiety risk. Methods: An analysis of 162 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at the oncology institute in Almaty was performed. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire on social, demographic, and clinical information, as well as the Beck Anxiety Inventory. In addition, multiple regression analysis was used to model the relationship between anxiety risk and independent predictors. Results: The average age of the patients was 54.41 years (SD=8.1; min.-max: 32-75). The majority of the patients were married (52%), employed or self-employed (51%), had children (91%), had a bachelor’s or a graduate degree (50%), lived in an urban area (54%), did not drink (41%), did not smoke (67%), did not engage in physical activity (54%), and had social support (91%). A total of 48% of patients had symptoms of moderate anxiety, and 33% had symptoms of severe anxiety. Based on the multivariate analysis, factors associated with a lower risk of anxiety symptoms included higher household income (OR -2.21 (95 CI: -1.35, -3.07)) and having reliable social support (OR -2.93 (95% CI: -2.25, -3.61)). Conclusion: The prevalence of anxiety symptoms is very high among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Anxiety is more likely to develop in patients from low-income households and those without reliable social support.


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Volume 23, Issue 8
August 2022
Pages 2813-2819
  • Receive Date: 04 April 2022
  • Revise Date: 03 June 2022
  • Accept Date: 04 August 2022
  • First Publish Date: 04 August 2022