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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 142-146

Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding breast cancer among female students at college of medical technology/Derna


1 Department of Public Health, College of Medical Technology, Derna, Libya; Middle East and North Africa Research Group
2 Department of Statistics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
3 Department of Public Health, College of Medical Technology, Derna, Libya

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Dr. Raga A Elzahaf
Department of Public Health, College of Medical Technology, Derna

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/LJMS.LJMS_21_18

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Background: Breast cancer in women is a major health burden in developed and developing countries. It is the second leading cause of death in women worldwide. Recently, the global cancer statistics indicate that breast cancer incidence is rising faster among women in developing countries. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding breast cancer among female students at the College of Medical Technology Derna, Libya. Methods: This study was designed as a descriptive cross-sectional survey. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the information from the female students. Results: A total of 200 female students were used for the study. The ages of female students ranged from 18 to 27 with mean 20.8 ± 1.88 years. Some of the female students 28.5% (n = 57) had used correct practices of self-examination, 12.5% (n = 25) reported high knowledge of breast cancer and majority of them 90% (n = 180) have a good attitude about breast cancer. However, there was no significant association different between knowledge and practice and attitude and demographic factors. Conclusion: The study results showed insufficient knowledge of breast cancer among female students whereas they were in medical programs. Therefore, more educational programs could be designed to provide comprehensive information of breast cancer and breast self-examination to improve women's knowledge, which can help in the early detection of breast cancer for the better treatment.


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