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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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