IJCRR - 7(19), October, 2015
KNOWLEDGE OF BREAST CANCER AND ITS RISK FACTORS AMONG RURAL WOMEN OF PUDUCHERRY - A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY
Author: S. Rajini, C. Kamesh Vell, S. Senthil
Background: Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in our country and worldwide. It is originating from the ducts or lobules in the breast tissue, called as ductal or lobular carcinomas.
Aims and Objectives: To estimate the awareness of breast cancer among rural women and to find out the knowledge regarding, risk factors, sign and symptoms of breast cancer among the participants.
Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was under taken among 258 women in the villages, which comes under the rural field practice area of Department of Community Medicine, AVMC and H.
Results: Among the 258 women, who were interviewed only 251 (97.2%) participants, were aware about Breast cancer. Most of the participants (26.69%) received information from Television and followed by Neighbors/friends (22.31%). Approximately 30% 0f the individuals were not aware of most of the risk factors, causing breast cancer. Almost 20% were unaware that all risk factors which were asked will cause breast cancer. Most of the respondents identified that lump in the breast (68.12%), pain in
the breast (45.21%), ulcer in the breast (49.8%), lump under armpit (41.43%) are one of the sign and symptoms of breast cancer.
Conclusion: Overall, the participants had limited knowledge of risk factors and sign and symptoms of breast cancer. The need of an intensive breast cancer awareness campaign is necessary in these areas to help them in early detection and prevention of breast cancer.
Keywords: Breast cancer, Awareness, Knowledge, Risk factors, Sign and symptoms and rural women.
S. Rajini, C. Kamesh Vell, S. Senthil. KNOWLEDGE OF BREAST CANCER AND ITS RISK FACTORS AMONG RURAL WOMEN OF PUDUCHERRY - A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY International Journal of Current Research and Review. 7(19), October, 60-64
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