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Samar Y Omer*, Nuha M E Agabna, Sania A I Shaddad


Screening for early detection of diseases is an important public health principle. Breast Self Examination (BSE) is a process whereby women examine their breasts regularly to detect any abnormal changes to seek prompt medical attention. It is cost effective especially in poor countries. This study aims to assess knowledge about BSE among young female students. This is cross sectional study including 200 students residing in a university campus aged 17-30 years. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire and analyzed statistically using SPSS. Results showed the majority were 17-21 years aged undergraduate students, of the population 66% were studying in nonmedical colleges. 40% did not know that breast cancer is a leading cause of death among women. Moreover, 54% never heard about methods of breast cancer screening. Only 31% were aware of breast self examination, and just 9.5% knew how to perform BSE. Media specially TV and radio were the common source of information. Positive correlation was found between knowledge about BSE and family history of breast cancer, level of education and perceived benefit from the process.

Keywords: Breast self examination, breast cancer, screening, young females.

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