Volume No. :   7

Issue No. :  3

Year :  2017

ISSN Print :  2231-1149

ISSN Online :  2349-2996


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Awareness of Breast self-examination and risk factors of Breast Cancer among Women

Address:   Prof. M. Geetha1*, Dr. K. Menaka2, Prof. P. Padmavathi3
1Ph.D Scholar/ Principal, Vivekanadha Nursing College for Women, Veerachipalayam, Salem District – 637303
2Principal, Padmasree College of Nursing, Kanchepurum
3Principal, Dhanvantri College of Nursing, Pallakkapalyam, Namakkal District – 637 303
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00082.9

Background: Performing breast self-examination (BSE) every month, starting at age 20 is an important tool in the early detection of breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer plays a leading role in reducing mortality rates and improving patients' prognosis. Aim: The purpose of the current study was to determine women’s' practice of BSE and knowledge about risk factors of breast cancer. Method and Material: A descriptive study design was used, with a sample of convenience 112 women in pachampalyam community area between January and March 2015. A self administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Results: mean age of the respondents was 29.5; (SD=8.3) years and ranged from 35 to 45 years. More than half of the studied group married and 47.3% worked for more than 5 years 95.5% had no previous breast health problems and family history of breast cancer was reported by 12.5%. Only 19.4% of the studied sample performed BSE regularly. The practice of BSE was not significantly associated with socio demographic characteristics. Conclusion: study findings suggested that there were gaps between knowledge and practice of BSE among women’s.
Knowledge, Practice, Brest self examination.
M. Geetha, K. Menaka, P. Padmavathi. Awareness of Breast self-examination and risk factors of Breast Cancer among Women. Asian J. Nur. Edu. and Research.2017; 7(3): 413-416.
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