Awareness regarding breast cancer among urban women in South India

Authors

  • Ramya R. Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Chandru R. Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Rajiv Raj D. Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Zeenath Begum U. Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Shwetha Suryaraj Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Sai Manoj Department of Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, No.1, Ramachandra Nagar, Porur, Chennai, 600116, Tamil Nadu, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51248/.v41i4.411

Keywords:

Awareness, breast cancer, breast self-examination, literacy

Abstract

Introduction and Aim: Breast cancer is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and recent trends have shown increased incidence among younger women. There is, therefore, an imminent need to raise the level of awareness among the women in the entire population. The present study was carried out to evaluate the level of awareness among urban women in South India.

 

Methodology: This hospital based cross sectional study was carried out among 1000 adult women who visited the outpatient clinics of our tertiary care hospital for various illness.  The level of awareness regarding breast cancer was elicited based on the risk factors of breast cancer, symptoms, and role of family history. Awareness regarding the tools for early detection, management and preventive measures was also elicited.

 

Results: The study observed that 78.9% of the participants who were illiterates had no awareness of the symptoms, while 57.9% of the participants with high school level education were unaware of the symptoms. Regarding the role of genetics in breast cancer occurrence, 47% of the illiterate participants reported that breast cancer is not hereditary. It was observed that lack of awareness regarding the early detection was prevalent among 81%, 87% and 93% of the participants who were illiterate, primary, and middle school level educated respectively.

 

Conclusion: The present study has also elucidated the lack of adequate knowledge on important facts regarding the breast cancer is alarming and this needs to be addressed with due focus on providing health education by health care providers at various levels of health system.

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2021-12-31

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R. R, R. C, Raj D. R, Begum U. Z, Suryaraj S, Manoj S. Awareness regarding breast cancer among urban women in South India. Biomedicine [Internet]. 2021Dec.31 [cited 2022Jan.20];41(4):845-8. Available from: https://biomedicineonline.org/index.php/home/article/view/411

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