Knowledge and practice of breast self-examination among undergraduate student in Bahir Dar University, North-West Ethiopia, 2016: A cross-sectional study

  • Tilahun Tewabe | bezatewabe01@gmail.com Bahir Dar University, College of Medicine and Health Science, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
  • Zelalem Mekuria Bahir Dar University, College of Medicine and Health Science, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Abstract

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed each year which accounts 12% of all new cancer cases and 25% of all cancers in women. Breast self-examination offers women the best opportunity for reducing breast cancer deaths. From a total of 222 respondents about 190 (85.6%) heard about breast self-examination. One hundred forty-three (75.3%) had good knowledge about sign and symptoms of breast cancer and 47 (24.7%) had poor knowledge about the sign and symptoms of breast cancer. From total respondents of the study 120 (54.1%) practiced breast self-examination. Breast self-examination practice is relatively frequent problem in Bahir Dar University, health science students. Negligence, forgetfulness and lack of knowledge are the main factors for poor practice of breast self-examination. Public health education using the media, clubs and leaflet could significantly reduce poor practice of breast self-examination and increases early detection of breast lump.

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2019-06-04
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knowledge and practice of breast self-examination, college of health sciences, Bahir Dar University, North West, Ethiopia
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Tewabe, T., & Mekuria, Z. (2019). Knowledge and practice of breast self-examination among undergraduate student in Bahir Dar University, North-West Ethiopia, 2016: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2019.805