Knowledge, awareness and attitude about Breast lump among females An observational study
Background: Breast lump is considered as carcinogenic unless it is tested and diagnosed other than this. Today in India, it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women. Only early detection and early medical intervention could decrease its mortality rate. Knowledge and awareness of palpation of breast lumps and attitude to get diagnosed at earliest is very important. Aim and Objectives: The study is designed to assess knowledge, awareness and attitude towards screening of Breast lumps among females. Materials and Methods: It is a questionnaire based an observational study. Those females above age of 14 years; attending Hospital were selected for the study with their consent. Data was collected by using self-structured and validated questionnaire. Total 100 females’ data was collected and analysed. Observation and Result: Of the total sample, approximately 89% of subjects were found to have heard of Breast Cancer and 41% had knowledge that Breast lump may be a sign of Breast Cancer. 22% females have heard about Breast self-examination (BSE) as an early diagnostic tool. Only 8 %& 14 % knew about importance of Clinical Breast examination (CBE)& mammography respectively. Awareness towards screening was found to be very low. Conclusion: The results revealed that, although knowledge about Breast lump is adequate up to certain limit but they do not have a comprehensive understanding of the condition. Thus, there is an urgent need to promote knowledge, awareness and health literacy among the society.
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