Knowledge of secondary-school female students on breast cancer and breast self-examination in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
AbstractA self-administered questionnaire was given to 6380 female secondary-school students [mean age = 18.1 years] in Jeddah to identify their knowledge of breast cancer and attitude towards breast self-examination [BSE]. Knowledge of risk factors and presentation was very low. Over 80% of students failed to answer 50% of the questions correctly. A higher knowledge level was associated with older age, marriage and having children. Also students who had undergone mammography, had been exposed to breast surgery or had a positive family history of breast cancer showed significantly higher knowledge levels. Only 39.6% reported ever hearing of BSE and only 14.4% and 7.1% respectively knew the correct frequency and timing. However, 82.4% had a positive attitude towards learning BSE
Millat, W.A. (2000). Knowledge of secondary-school female students on breast cancer and breast self-examination in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118874
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (2-3), 338-344, 2000
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