Knowledge and Attitudes of Breast Cancer, Breast SelfExamination and Mammography among Female Students in Saudi Arabia

Authors

  • Faten Mane Aldhafeeri

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11387

Keywords:

Breast cancer, Breast Self-Examination, Mammography

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes of Breast cancer, Breast
self-examination (BSE) and mammography among female students in the College of Applied Medical
Sciences.
Methods: The study was conducted at College of Applied Medical Sciences in University of Hafr AlBatin. after being approved by the local research Ethics committee. The sample was consisted of 200
undergraduates’ female students from third and fourth academic year. The questionnaire consists of four
sections: demographic data, knowledge of BC, BSE and mammogram (21 questions), knowledge of risk
factors (7 questions), and attitudes (17 items. The findings revealed that 71% of the respondents had good
knowledge of breast cancer, 63% had satisfactory level of breast self-examination, and 53% had poor level
of mammogram. Furthermore, 72% and 59% of respondents had positive attitude towards BC and BSE
respectively, while 69% of them had negative attitude regarding mammogram.
Conclusion: Lack of knowledge and attitudes about BSE and mammogram practice among female students
may due to their beliefs that young women are not at risk and do not need to be aware with all breast cancer
screening methods.

Author Biography

Faten Mane Aldhafeeri

Department of Radiology, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hafr Albatin, HAfr Albatin, Saudi
Arabia. P.O.Box 31991

Published

2020-10-21

How to Cite

Faten Mane Aldhafeeri. (2020). Knowledge and Attitudes of Breast Cancer, Breast SelfExamination and Mammography among Female Students in Saudi Arabia. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 11(11), 292-298. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11387