Knowledge of Breast Cancer and Breast Self-examination Practice among Iranian Women in Hamedan, Iran

Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol 15, 6531-6534, 2014

4 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2018

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Mehrnoosh Akhtari-Zavare

Islamic Azad University, Department of Public Health

Abbas Ghanbari Baghestan

University of Tehran; Universiti Science Malaysia

Latiffah A Latiff

University Putra Malaysia - Department of Community Health

Nasrin Matinnia

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Department of Nursing

Mozhgan Hoseini

Hamadan University of Medical Sciences - Family Health Center

Date Written: June 27, 2018

Abstract

Background: In Iran, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women and a major public health problem.

Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out to determine knowledge on breast cancer and breast self examination (BSE) practices of 384 females living in the city of Hamadan, Iran. A purposive sampling method was adopted and data were collected via face-to-face interviews based on a validated questionnaire developed for this study. Results: Among respondents 268 (69.8%) were married and 144 (37.5%) of the respondents reported having a family history of breast cancer. One hundred respondents (26.0%) claimed they practiced BSE. Level of breast cancer knowledge was significantly associated with BSE practice (p=0.000). There was no association with demographic details (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The fndings showed that Iranian women’s knowledge regarding breast cancer and the practice of BSE is inadequate. Targeted education should be implemented to improve early detection of breast cancer.

Keywords: Iran, Breast Cancer, Knowledge

Suggested Citation

Akhtari-Zavare, Mehrnoosh and Ghanbari Baghestan, Abbas and Latiff, Latiffah A and Matinnia, Nasrin and Hoseini, Mozhgan, Knowledge of Breast Cancer and Breast Self-examination Practice among Iranian Women in Hamedan, Iran (June 27, 2018). Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol 15, 6531-6534, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3203905

Mehrnoosh Akhtari-Zavare (Contact Author)

Islamic Azad University, Department of Public Health ( email )

Tehran, Tehran 43400
Iran

Abbas Ghanbari Baghestan

University of Tehran ( email )

Amirabad e shomali, kuye daneshgah e Tehran
Tehran, UT Tehran 5433174616
Iran
00989125038068 (Phone)

Universiti Science Malaysia ( email )

Pinang
Malaysia

Latiffah A Latiff

University Putra Malaysia - Department of Community Health

Seri Kembangan, Selangor 43400
Malaysia

Nasrin Matinnia

Islamic Azad University (IAU) - Department of Nursing

Hamedan
Iran

Mozhgan Hoseini

Hamadan University of Medical Sciences - Family Health Center

Hamedan
Iran

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