Knowledge and awareness of Breast Self-Examination among secondary school girls in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Norhayati Mohd Zain

Abstract


Objective: Breast Self-Examination (BSE) is an early detection method of breast cancer. It is able to develop responsibility on breast health among women to always aware on any changes of the breast. Thus, secondary school girls age is the perfect age to start practice the BSE. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of knowledge and awareness on BSE among secondary school girls in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 502 secondary school girls using self-administered questionnaire covering socio-demographic data, knowledge and awareness on breast cancer and knowledge and awareness on BSE.

Results: The mean age of the participants is 14.9 ± 0.06 years. The majority of the participants were Malays (86.5%). A total of 6.1% of the participants had a family history of breast cancer. Nine percent of participants had a good knowledge and 91.0% had poor knowledge regarding BSE. There is significant difference between age of participants with level of knowledge and awareness (p = 0.014).

Conclusion: The knowledge and awareness on BSE was poor among secondary school girls in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.


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DOI (PDF (FULL TEXT)): http://dx.doi.org/10.22034/APJCC.2019.4.2.39

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