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Breast Cancer Awareness among Turkish Nursing Students

  • Celik, Sevim ;
  • Tasdemir, Nurten ;
  • Sancak, Hulya ;
  • Demirel, Merve ;
  • Akman, Ozlem ;
  • Kara, Merve
  • Published : 2014.11.06

Abstract

Background: This study conducted to determine breast cancer awareness and influencing factors among nursing students in the West Black Sea Region in Turkey. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted between April-May, 2014. The sample was 270 female nursing students. Data were collected by Personal Information Form and Champion's Health Belief Model Scale (CHBMS). Results: The students' mean age was $21.6{\pm}2.09$ and 81.1% had knowledge about breast cancer from their academic education. It is found that 63.7% of the students performed Breast Self-Examination (BSE) and 11.1% had a family member diagnosed with breast cancer. The CHBMS mean score of the students was $117.7{\pm}14.5$. Conclusions: Breast cancer awareness of nursing students is on a good level and was affected by family history of breast cancer and health beliefs.

Keywords

Breast cancer;awareness;female;nursing student;Turkey

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