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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH

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Awareness of breast cancer and Breast Self-Examination among female Pharmacy professionals in Bengaluru

Author: APOORVA DEV.M , DR.GITHA KISHORE
Abstract: Background: Breast cancer (BC) is a prominent life threatening danger that requires proper attention. This study aimed to assess the breast cancer and breast self-examination practice among pharmacy health care professionals. Methods and materials: A community based cross sectional study was carried out on 352 female pharmacy students and graduates in Bengaluru. Data was collected by using a self-administered questionnaire. An informed consent form was obtained from all the participants before enrollment into the study. Descriptive statistics (i.e. frequencies, percentages, mean, and standard deviation) were used. Results: An average of 50% of the participants had knowledge of breast cancer signs and symptoms, risk factors and 70.5% of the participants felt that they would consult a doctor immediately if they noticed any change in the breast. 35.75% participants were ‘too embarrassed” to seek medical help. 80% of the respondents were aware of the methods of breast cancer screening and a very small number of them (10%) had actually undergone a screening procedure. Only 23.5% of the study participants were confident of their ability to perform Breast Self-Examination correctly and 28.1% knew the suitable time to perform Breast Self-Examination. Conclusion: It is important for female healthcare professionals to increase awareness regarding breast cancer and techniques of Breast Self-Examination and provide example for others to follow as informed and responsible health care professionals.
Keyword: Breast Cancer, Breast Self-Examination, Barriers, Risk Factors, Practice
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2021.13.01.087
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