BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AMONG THE WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE GROUP TO THE OUT PATIENT DEPARTMENT AT DHAKA MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL, BANGLADESH

Mukti Rita Gomes

Abstract


The current study was conducted to assess the awareness on breast cancer among the women of reproductive age group attending outpatient department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, SSMC Mitford Hospital and National cancer Research Institute and Hospital for their treatment of different diseases. A descriptive cross sectional study design was followed and respondents were selected purposively. A mean age of the respondents was 32 years with a standard deviation of 5. Majority (55%) respondents heard about breast cancer and among them 62 percent got information from their relatives. 64 percent respondents reported that they knew about breast care. However, 70 percent respondents did not know self-breast examination (SBE). So far practice is concerned only 1 percent performed regular SBE. A great majority (87%) got information on breast care from medical personnel. 31 percent respondents reported that their relatives suffered from breast cancer. 50 percent respondents knew nothing whether breast cancer is curable and only 2 percent reported that it was not curable. Among the respondents’ 24 percent suffered from different breast problems. Of them 23 percent suffered from lump with breast pain, 27 percent from painless lump and 42 percent from breast pain only. Only 35 percent of the respondents with breast problems visited physicians for treatment. And 66 percent of the respondents agreed that early detection and early intervention can cure breast cancer. For this purpose, this study would like to investigate the breast cancer awareness among the female reproductive of age group to the outpatients in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh.

Keywords: Breast Cancer, Awareness, Women, and Reproductive of Age Group.


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