Breast Cancer Awareness among Turkish Nursing Students

  • Celik, Sevim (Department of Nursing, Zonguldak School of Health, Bulent Ecevit University) ;
  • Tasdemir, Nurten (Department of Nursing, Zonguldak School of Health, Bulent Ecevit University) ;
  • Sancak, Hulya (Department of Oncology, Anadolu Medical Center) ;
  • Demirel, Merve (Department of Nursing, Zonguldak School of Health, Bulent Ecevit University) ;
  • Akman, Ozlem (Department of Intensive Care, American Hospital) ;
  • Kara, Merve (Department of Nursing, American Hospital)
  • Published : 2014.11.06


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.


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