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J Fasa Univ Med Sci 2013, 3(1): 75-80 Back to browse issues page
Assessment of the Awareness and Practice of Women vis-à-vis Breast Self-Examination in Fasa in 2011
Hadis Rastad, Laila Shokohi, Seyedeh Leila Dehghani 1, Mohadeseh Motamed Jahromi
1- , dehganil@yahoo.com
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Background & Objective: Breast cancer is one of the most important causes of women's mortality the world over. Breast self-examination (BSE) is a method that often leads to detect breast cancer in the early stage. This study aimed at assessing the awareness and practice of women in the city of FASA vis-à-vis BSE.


Materials & Methods: In this descriptive-analytical study , 300 women over 15 years old who referred to the health centers of Fasa were chosen via the clustered method. A questionnaire comprising items about the patients’ demographics as well as their awareness and practice regarding BSE was completed for all the study population by a trained midwife through interviews. Subsequently, descriptive statistics , x2, and t-test were employed for analysis using SPSS Software ( version 15) .


Results: Fifty-five per cent of the cases had poor knowledge and 90% had poor practice. There was a significant correlation between knowledge and practice (p value < 0.0001). The highest level of knowledge was found among those with university levels of education. There was also a significant correlation between practice and educational levels (p value < 0.0001).


Conclusion: Given that the majority of the women under study had poor knowledge and function vis-à-vis BSE, it seems advisable that regular and systematic training programs be devised in relation to breast cancer prevention strategies such as practical classes on BSE , breast clinical examination, and mammography in order to raise awareness among women about the need to perform BSE.

Keywords: Breast cancer, Knowledge, Action
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Health Education
Received: 2012/12/6 | Accepted: 2013/03/10 | Published: 2013/09/14
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Rastad H, Shokohi L, Dehghani S L, Motamed Jahromi M. Assessment of the Awareness and Practice of Women vis-à-vis Breast Self-Examination in Fasa in 2011. J Fasa Univ Med Sci. 2013; 3 (1) :75-80
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