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RMJ. 2007; 32(1): 31-33

Breast self-examination among female nurses

Osama Abu Salem, Montaha Abdulla Hassan.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify and investigate the
knowledge and practice of breast self- examination (BSE) with the
influencing factors on its compliance among female nurses.
Methods: This study was conducted between January and December
2002 on 80 female nurses from Prince Rashid Military Hospital, Jordan.
The questionnaire contained items on the demographic characteristics of
the respondents, knowledge of breast cancer, attitudes toward BSE and
questions regarding the practice of BSE. The survey was conducted on a
voluntary basis.
Results: Out of 80 subjects, 42 (52%) performed BSE. Approximately
30% of those who performed BSE said they learned BSE during their
work experience. A significant relationship was found between higher
levels in work experience and BSE practice. Except for age, no
significant relation was found between the socio-demographic factors and
BSE practice. The sample showed strong belief in breast lump as a
causing factor of breast cancer and had significant correlation with BSE
Conclusion: Positive correlation was found between nursing work
experience and their practice in BSE as working nurses. Studies like these
can enhance the knowledge regarding BSE among nurses and other
medical professionals. (Rawal Med J 2007;32:31-33)

Key words: Breast, self examination, cancer.

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