Volume 9, Number 3, September 2019
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||27 August 2019|
Awareness on breast cancer screening in Malaysia: a cross sectional study
Quest International University Perak Ipoh, Perak Malaysia
*Corresponding author. Faculty of Medicine Quest International University Perak No. 122A, Jalan Hj. Eusoff Housing Trust 30250 Ipoh Perak Darul Ridzuan Malaysia. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org (M.-S. Lee).
Accepted: 16 May 2019
Introduction: The increasing rate of breast cancer (BC) incidence in Malaysia hints a lack of awareness among Malaysians. One (1) woman out of nineteen (19) is at risk with BC and almost up to fifty percent (50%) of women diagnosed with BC were reported to be under the age of fifty (50). Our main concern is to study the level of awareness among the women on risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, preventions and treatments.
Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted exclusively among women in the public with total sample of three hundred and forty six (346), questionnaires were distributed using a simple random technique. Data was collected and analyzed by student T test in SPPS version 20.
Results: Our study reveals insufficient awareness on BC. Overall, awareness on risk factors is inadequate, but good knowledge on the importance of family history and diet as risk factors are discovered. Awareness on the cause and clinical manifestations of BC is required for improvement. As for treatment, alternatives especially surgery and chemotherapy are unclear to public, public is remotely unwitting on cessation of smoking to prevent BC at the early stage.
Conclusion: Malaysian has spaces for improvement on awareness of BC in terms of risk factors, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Early detection can be achieved with good awareness because it leads to better prognosis and lower mortality.
Key words: Breast Neoplasms / Mass screening / Awareness / Knowledge and Attitude
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