Study Overview

Exploring Cancer Stigma In Sub-Saharan Africa (ECaSSA)

The ECaSSA study seeks to explore the nature, prevalence, and correlates of cancer-related stigma in Moshi, Tanzania. Through this study, we seek to improve the understanding of stigma in this setting, increase awareness of cancer-related stigma in Africa, and advocate for patients. Due to increased incidence of cancer in recent decades, and the lack of treatment options in many settings in Africa, a cancer diagnosis is largely considered a death sentence. The study aims to gather strong data on the social and cultural determinants of cancer stigma, and the resulting delays in seeking cancer care.  A long-term goal for the study is to develop a stigma reduction intervention that prevent its harmful effects among people living with cancer and their families in Africa.

Core objectives of the study:

  1. To estimate the nature and prevalence of self-perceived cancer stigma in a sample of clinically confirmed cancer patients using a validated tool.
  2. To examine associations between self-perceived stigma and treatment seeking.
  3. To explore community-led interventions that will prevent cancer-related stigma and help patients to cope with or overcome cancer-related stigma.