- Volume 14 Issue 11
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Breast Cancer Knowledge and Screening Behaviour among Women with a Positive Family History: A Cross Sectional Study
- Subramanian, Pathmawathi (Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya) ;
- Oranye, Nelson Ositadimma (School of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba) ;
- Masri, Azimah Mohd (Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya) ;
- Taib, Nur Aishah (Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya) ;
- Ahmad, Nora (Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, Brandon University)
- Published : 2013.11.30
Background: Breast cancer is the commonest type of cancer among women, and in Malaysia 50-60% of the new cases are being detected at late stages. Do age, education level, income, ethnicity, relationship with breast cancer patients and knowledge of breast cancer risk factors influence breast screening practices? This study revealed interesting but significant differences. Objectives: To assess the knowledge of breast cancer risk factors and early detection measures among women in a high risk group. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional survey of one hundred and thirty one women relatives of breast cancer patients was carried out. Participants were selected through purposive sampling, during hospital visits. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Results: The majority of the respondents (71%) had poor knowledge of the risk factors for breast cancer. Income, relationship with a patient and practise of breast cancer screening predicted performance of mammography,
Breast cancer prevention;breast self-examination;mammogram;family history of breast cancer
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