Self-medication and masking of early cancer symptoms: is there a role for pharmacist?

Asmita Priyadarshini Khatiwada, Sunil Shrestha, Akihiko Ozaki, Rajeev Shrestha, Bhuvan KC

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    Self-medication is a significant global public health issue. It is prevalent throughout the world, including Europe, South Asian countries and many others, ranges from 2 to 92% among adolescent and 87% in the elderly population. Furthermore, studies from some Asian countries such as China, and Nepal India, Bangladesh, Malaysia revealed 61%, 54%, 69%, 84% and 38–44% of the respondents self-medicate for various reasons, respectively. The common reasons for self-medication are reported to be convenience, low cost, time-saving purposes, and minor to mild severity of the disease disorder. Generally, people prefer self-medication for common ailments such as fever/headache, cough and cold, body pain, and gastrointestinal disorders.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1858-1859
    Number of pages2
    JournalResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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