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Title: Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding breast cancer and breast self-examination among a sample of the educated population in Iraq
Authors: Alwan, N.A.S.
Al Attar, W.M.
Eliessa, R.A.
Madfaic, Z.A.
Tawfeeq, F.N.
Issue Date: 2012
Language: English
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
Description: 337-345
Keywords: Breast Self-Examination
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status
Subject: Breast Neoplasms
ISSN: 1020-3397
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