DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-2902.isj20212276

Breast cancer; awareness of breast cancer, self-breast examination and its practice in educated women

Lisha Suraj, Pallavi Sanjay Kadam

Abstract


Background: The incidence of breast cancer in India is showing an increasing trend and more patients are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age. The prognosis of breast cancer is better when it is diagnosed at an early stage and proper treatment started early. Breast self-examination (BSE) remains as an important inexpensive tool which help in detecting any breast abnormality and diagnosing breast cancer, especially in Indian scenario. This survey was conducted among the young ladies working or studying in a tertiary care centre in Mumbai to assess the awareness about breast cancer, BSE and its practice in educated women.   

Methods: This is a cross sectional study conducted among 553 females studying and working in a tertiary care institute at Mumbai. A questionnaire was prepared and response was noted down and analysed statistically.

Results: According to our study even the educated women working in medical institute were not completely aware of the BSE, its practice and its importance in day-to-day life.

Conclusions: The awareness  about breast cancer among students and staff  was found to be  good  in this  health care institute but most of them are not aware of proper method  and interval of BSE. The main medium of information was audiovisual. The awareness programmes need to be more for encouraging people to do a BSE and take an early medical help.


Keywords


Breast cancer, Awareness, BSE, Early medical help

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