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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(3): 193-198

The Knowledge Attitude and Behaviorus of Nursery Students about Breast Cancer

Ahmet,Aslan*, Muhyittin,Temiz, Yılmaz,Yiğit, Rana,Can, Elif,Canbolant, Filiz,Yiğit.

This research was performed in order to determine the knowledge, attitude and behaviours of nursery students about breast cancer. The study was performed between September 2006-November 2006. 100 nursery students of college out of 102 (98,0% participation rate) were included in this study. A questionnaire was used to gather the data. Source of information was newspaper-tv in 47%, medical boks in 32% and internet in 32%. The answer to the question what the most common syptom was in breast cancer was growth in the breast in 54,6%, pain in the breast in 24,1% and nipple retraction in 12,8%. Of the students %63 performed self breast examination (SBE). Of the students who perform SBE 29 (46%) perform it as they remember, 26 (41,3%) perform it once a month and 6 (9,5%) perform it once a week. SBE was learnt from school in 41.3% (26), from a doctor in 22,2% (14), from a nurse/midwife in 20,6% and from medical boks in 9,5% (6). Their answer to the question about the reason not to perform SBE was not having enough information in 51,4%(19), inattention in 24,3%(9), fear of finding a growth in 8,1%(3), not having any complaints about their breasts in 8,1% (3) and thinking that it is not essential in 8,1% (3). Of the students 95% had never had clinical breast examinayion (CBE). The reason not to have CBE was inattention in 53,7% (51), not having enough information in 18,9% (18), and thinking that it is not essential in 8,4% (8).

Key words: Nursery students, breast cancer, knowledge, attitude, behaviours

Article Language: Turkish English

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