TITLE

Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding breast cancer and breast self-examination among a sample of the educated population in Iraq

AUTHOR(S)
Alwan, N. A. S.; Al-Attar, W. M.; Eliessa, R. A.; Madfaie, Z. A.; Tawfeeq, F. N.
PUB. DATE
April 2012
SOURCE
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal;Apr2012, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p337
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study evaluated the knowledge, attitude and practice towards breast cancer and breast self-examination (BSE) among 387 (302 females and 85 males) educated Iraqis affiliated to 2 Iraqi universities. The participants were categorized into 3 occupations: student (71.3%), teaching staff (10.3%) and administrative staff (18.3%). About half of the participants had a low knowledge score (< 50%); only 14.3% were graded as "Good" and above. Almost 75% of the participants believed that the best way to control breast cancer was through early detection and other possible preventive measures. Most participants (90.9%) had heard of BSE, the main source of information being television. However, only 48.3% practised BSE; the most common reason for not doing so was lack of knowledge of how to perform the technique correctly. Almost 84% of the female participants were willing to instruct others in the technique of BSE
ACCESSION #
75278325

 

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