Knowledge of breast cancer and breast self-examination practices and its barriers among university female students in Bangladesh: Findings from a cross-sectional study

R. Sarker, Md.S. Islam, S. Moonajilin, M. Rahman, H.A. Gesesew, P.R. Ward

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Abstract

Early diagnosis of breast cancer is the best approach towards its control that may result in alleviating related mortality and morbidity. This study aimed to evaluate knowledge about breast cancer and both practices and perceived barriers to breast self-examination among female university students in Bangladesh. A cross-sectional study was carried out with 400 female students of Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. Participants were sampled from female dormitories at the university from January to April 2020. Proportionate stratified random sampling was conducted to calculate the study sample from each dormitory. A validated semi-structured self-reported questionnaire was employed to collect data from participants during the survey periods. The questionnaire consisted of demographic variables, items about knowledge about breast cancer, breast self-examination practices and its barriers. We applied descriptive and inferential statistics and data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Participants were aged between 18-26 years and comprised university students of first year (20%), second year (24%), third year (22%), fourth year (21%) and Master's (14%). 18% of them reported positive family history (mother, aunt, sister/cousin, grandmother) of breast cancer. The overall mean score of total knowledge items was 15 (SD = 3) out of 43, with an overall correct rate of 34%. The mean score of total knowledge items was significantly higher (p
Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume17
Issue number6 6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • adult
  • attitude to health
  • Bangladesh
  • breast self examination
  • breast tumor
  • cross-sectional study
  • female
  • human
  • student
  • university
  • young adult
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Breast Self-Examination
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Students
  • Universities
  • Young Adult

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