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Introduction: Breast cancer has become an increasing concern and is a major global public health burden. Over
100, 000 new breast cancer patients are estimated to be diagnosed annually in India. The health care facility
pattern is diverse, where the benefits of the awareness, early diagnosis and treatment programs is still not
available in many regions of the country. However, the study aimed to assess the awareness of the small scale
community women on breast cancer, its risk factors and utilization of manmmogram as a screening test. This
will give an insight for the large scale community study.
Methods: The researcher adopted a descriptive research design using a simple random sampling technique to
collect data among 20 unmarried and married women from the village of Badagabettu, Udupi district, Karnataka.
Tools were developed and sent for validation. Reliability of tools were done before the data collection. Data was
collected after getting ethical clearance and written consent from the participants. Collected data were analyzed
using the descriptive statistics through SPSS version 16.0.
Result: Majority 14 (70%) had moderate knowledge on breast cancer, 6 (30%) had poor knowledge and none (0%)
were having good knowledge on breast cancer. The study also revealed that 30% were aware of mammogram
and majority 70% were not. The risk factors for breast cancer among women aged 35 years also revealed that
15% women had menarche at the age of ≤ 12 years, 5% have the history of having sister diagnosed with breast
cancer, 15% did not deliver baby till now and 30% women did not breast feed. There were 5% women who had
the history of breast biopsy, 10% had the history of taking oral contraceptives within 5 years period and 100%
did not have the history of taking alcohol in their life.