Knowledge, attitude and perception on breast cancer awareness among paramedical workers
Keywords:Breast cancer, Breast self-examination, Breast cancer screening
Background: The projected incidence of patients with cancer in India among females was 712,758 (103.6 per 100,000) for the year 2020. 1 in 29 females will develop cancer during their lifetime (0-74 years of age).
Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted using a self-administered questionnaire distributed among 392 Registered nurses in a community care hospital. Totally 130 nursing staffs gave consent and were eligible for the study having work experience of more than one year.
Results: Total 83 (63%) of study participants belonged to 21-30 years. 113 (86%) thinks breast cancer is a public health problem. 80 (61.5%) thinks breast lump is a most common sign of breast cancer. 121 (93.07%) heard of breast self-examination and 126 (96.9%) thinks it is a useful tool for early detection of breast cancer. 82 (63.07%) said BSE should be done monthly. 114 (87.6%) has been taught how to do BSE. We found 113 (86.9%) has got satisfactory score and average score is 4.67. P value 0.44 when scores of people with breast cancer in their families are compared to people without a positive family history.
Conclusions: Based on the results of this study, it was discovered that the low levels of practise were closely related to the lack of awareness of breast cancer screening and the willing to practise breast self-examination. An Indian woman disregards clinical breast examination. By creating awareness, we can reduce the occurrence and death rates from this illness.
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