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Insufficient knowledge of breast cancer risk factors among Malaysian female university students


Abu Samah, Asnarulkhadi and Ahmadian, Maryam and Abd Latiff, Latiffah (2016) Insufficient knowledge of breast cancer risk factors among Malaysian female university students. Global Journal of Health Sciences, 8 (1). pp. 277-285. ISSN 1916-9736; ESSN: 1916-9744

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Background: Despite continuous argument about the efficacy of breast self-examination; it still could be a life-saving technique through inspiring and empowering women to take better control over their body/breast and health. This study investigated Malaysian female university students’ knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, signs, and symptoms and assessed breast self-examination frequency among students. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2013 in nine public and private universities in the Klang Valley and Selangor. 842 female students were respondents for the self-administered survey technique. Simple descriptive and inferential statistics were employed for data analysis. Results: The uptake of breast self-examination (BSE) was less than 50% among the students. Most of students had insufficient knowledge on several breast cancer risk factors. CONCLUSION: Actions and efforts should be done to increase knowledge of breast cancer through the development of ethnically and traditionally sensitive educational training on BSE and breast cancer literacy.

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Item Type: Article
Subject: Breast cancer; Breast self-examination; Knowledge; Signs and symptoms; Risk factors; Malaysia
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Institute for Social Science Studies
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Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 11:16
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 11:16
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