Assessment of knowledge and awareness of breast cancer among rural women in Telangana, South India

Mounika Pydipalli, Pritam Kumar Roy


Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women globally contributing around 15% of mortality. In India, it is the second most common cancer with the incidence in rural areas being twice than in urban. There is lack of knowledge and awareness of breast cancer especially in rural areas. So this survey was conducted to assess the existing levels of awareness to plan comprehensive health programs, early detection and carrying out treatment campaigns. A cross-sectional survey was carried out among the attendees of patients visiting cervical cancer screening centre in Mahbubnagar, Telangana from May 2020 to June 2020. A total of 60 participants were selected by convenient sampling. Data was collected using a pretested questionnaire. Out of a total of 60 participants, nearly two-third (63.3%) women had some knowledge regarding cancers and less than half were aware of breast cancer (45%). Among those who were aware (27), more than three-fourth did not know about symptoms of breast cancer (77.8%) and had not undergone any breast cancer screening (77.7%). It is necessary to increase community participation through social mobilization by engaging the human resources at the grass root level.


Breast cancer, Knowledge, Awareness, Rural, South India

Full Text:



Francies FZ, Hull R, Khanyile R, Dlamini Z. Breast cancer in low-middle income countries: abnormality in splicing and lack of targeted treatment options. Am J Cancer Res. 2020;10:1568-91.

Aluko JOjo, Ojelade MF, Sowunmi CO, Oluwatosin OA. Awareness, knowledge and practices of breast cancer screening measures among female postgraduate students of a Nigerian Federal University: a cross-sectional study. Afr J Med Med Sci. 2014;43:79-86.

Somdatta P, Baridalyne N. Awareness of breast cancer in women of an urban resettlement colony. Indian J Canc. 2008;45:149.

Dahiya N, Basu S, Singh MC, Garg S, Kumar R, Kohli C. Knowledge and Practices Related to Screening for Breast Cancer among Women in Delhi, India. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2018;19:155-9.

Gupta A, Shridhar K, Dhillon PK. A review of breast cancer awareness among women in India: Cancer literate or awareness deficit? Eur J Cancer. 2015;51:2058-66.

Kumar M, Srivastava DK, Jain PK, Kumar S, Dixit AM, Yadav R. A Comparative Assessment of Knowledge and Awareness Regarding Breast Cancer among Women of Reproductive Age Group in District Etawah. 2017;8:5.

Gangane N, Ng N, Sebastian MS. Women’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices about Breast Cancer in a Rural District of Central India. Asian Pacific J Canc Prev. 2015;16:6863-70.

Prusty RK, Begum S, Patil A, Naik DD, Pimple S, Mishra G. Knowledge of symptoms and risk factors of breast cancer among women: a community-based study in a low socio-economic area of Mumbai, India. BMC Women's Health. 2020;20:106.

Singh R, Shetty N, Rai P, Yadav G. Breast cancer awareness among women in an urban setup in Western India. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol. 2018;39:215.

Das S, Sen S, Mukherjee A, Chakraborty D, Mondal PK. Risk factors of breast cancer among women in eastern India: a tertiary hospital-based case-control study. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2012;13:4979-81.

Toan DTT, Son DT, Hung LX, Minh LN, Mai DL, Hoat LN. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Regarding Breast Cancer Early Detection Among Women in a Mountainous Area in Northern Vietnam. Cancer Control. 2019;26:1073274819863777.

Singh S, Shrivastava JP, Dwivedi A. Breast cancer screening existence in India: A non-existing reality. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol. 2015;36:207-9.