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Breast and Cervical Cancer Knowledge and Awareness among University Students

  • Altay, Birsen (Nursing, School Of Health, Ondokuz Mayis University) ;
  • Avci, Ilknur Aydin (Nursing, School Of Health, Ondokuz Mayis University) ;
  • Rizalar, Selda (Nursing, School Of Health, Ondokuz Mayis University) ;
  • Oz, Hatice (Samsun Provincial Health Directorate) ;
  • Meral, Damla (Nursing, School Of Health, Ondokuz Mayis University)
  • Published : 2015.03.18

Abstract

Background: Breast and cervical cancers are the most common types of cancer in women worldwide. Previous studies in Asia have shown that related knowledge and awareness is low among female university students. The goal of this study was to assess breast and cervical cancer knowledge, practices, and awareness among female university students in Samsun,Turkey. Materials and Methods: This research was a cross-sectional survey of female university students using a self-administered. questionnaire to investigate participant awareness and knowledge of breast and cervical cancer. A total of 301 female university students participated. Descriptive statistics and chi square tests were used for data analysis. Results: The mean age of the participants in this study was $22.0{\pm}5.91$ years. Regarding family history, 89.7 % of the students had no known familial history of breast cancer. Students (65.4%) had knowledge about breast self examination and 52.2 % of them had performed breast self examinationm while 55.1% of them had knowledge about prevention of cervical cancer. Conclusions: Although the results are preliminary, the study points to an insufficient knowledge of university students in Samsun about breast and cervical cancer.

Keywords

Turkis university students;breast cancer;cervical cancer;screening;awareness

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