Knowledge, Attitude and Preventive Practices of Women for Breast cancer in the Educational Institutions of Lahore, Pakistan

Surgical Division, INMOL, Lahore, Pakistan.
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP (Impact Factor: 2.51). 01/2011; 12(9):2419-24.
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Breast cancer incidence rates, pattern of presentation and survival rates vary worldwide. High incidence, advanced stage disease presentation and low survival rates have been reported from Pakistan. Lack of awareness and screening facilities along with poor socioeconomic status are the main causes. A survey based upon multiple choice questionnaires was conducted during an awareness campaign in women educational institutions of Lahore, to assess the baseline knowledge, attitude towards breast self examination (BSE), clinical breast examination (CBE) and source of information used by them. 1155 filled questionnaires were analyzed by SPSS version 12. The majority (83.7%) of the respondents were <30 years old, 60% had >10 and 31.5% had <14 years of education. Only 27% had "good" while 14% had "poor" and 59% had "fair" knowledge scores about breast cancer. Television was the most commonly cited source of information but was associated with lower knowledge score. The knowledge scores and practice of BSE had a positive association with education level. The respondents had better knowledge of life time risk and association of early diagnosis with better chances of cure, but worse knowledge of risk factors as compared to women in educational institutions of other countries. Generally the respondents of present study had low level of knowledge of breast cancer. Properly designed awareness campaign on television and in educational institutions can be effective to raise the knowledge level, the best long term strategy for this purpose.

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    • "This is in agreement with the study done in Delhi (Somdatta, 2008) where 80% of women reported television as one of the most important sources of information for the BC awareness. Study done in educational institute of Lahore, Pakistan also reported television (14%) and hearsay (17%) as most common sources of information (Khokher, 2011). Similar evidence exists about electronic media and television being the most important sources of information on BC (Montazeri et al., 2010; Ravichandran et al., 2010; Yoo et al., 2012) followed by relatives and friends for less educated women (Hatefnia et al., 2010). "
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    ABSTRACT: Background: To assess women’s awareness from diverse sections of society in Delhi regarding various aspects of breast cancer (BC) – perceptions, signs and symptoms, risk factors, prevention, screening and treatment. Materials and Methods: Community-level survey was undertaken in association with the Indian Cancer Society (ICS), Delhi during May 2013-March 2014. Women attending BC awareness workshops by ICS were given self-administered questionnaires before the workshop in the local language to assess BC literacy. Information provided by 2017 women was converted into awareness scores (aware=1) for analysis using SPSS. Awareness scores were dichotomized with median score=19 as cut off, create more aware and less aware categories. Bivariate and multivariate analysis provided P-values, odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Results: Broadly, 53.4% women were aware about various aspects of BC. Notably, 49.1% women believed that BC was incurable and 73.9% women believed pain to be an initial BC symptom. Only 34.9% women performed breast self examination (BSE) and 6.9% women had undergone clinical breast-examination / mammography. 40.5% women had higher awareness (awareness score > median score of 19), which was associated with education [graduates (OR=2.31; 95%CI=1.78, 3.16), post-graduates (OR=7.06; 95%CI=4.14, 12.05) compared to ≤ high school] and socio-economic status (SES) [low-middle (OR=4.20; 95%CI=2.72, 6.49), middle (OR=6.00; 95%CI=3.82, 9.42) and upper (OR=6.97; 95%CI=4.10, 11.84) compared to low SES]. Conclusions: BC awareness of women in Delhi was suboptimal and was associated with low SES and education. Awareness must be drastically increased via community outreach and use of media as a first step in the fight against BC.
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    • "Mammography, Breast Self-Examination (BSE), and Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) are some of the methods for screening of the BC (Fouladi et al., 2013). Previous studies have identified a variety of barriers to BC screening, such as poor interactions with doctors and the screening procedure itself (such as pain and discomfort) (Al-Naggar 2012), Anxiety, fear of BC diagnosis, lack of awareness relating to BC (Khokher et al., 2011) and long geographical distance to the screening center were other barriers. Many of these studies were done using qualitative methods (Abdullah et al., 2013; Vithana et al., 2013). "
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    • "In addition smoking, reduced physical activity and consumption of highly processed and calorie-rich food are the major causes of cancer. Breast, Colorectal, lung and prostate cancer are most frequently spreading diseases world widely as well as in Pakistan [2]. It is reported that Pakistani population have the highest rate of breast cancer among any Asian population (except Jews in Israel) and also have the highest rates of ovarian cancer of all over the world [3]. "
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