KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE FOR BREAST CANCER RISK FACTORS AND SCREENING MODALITIES IN STAFF NURSES OF AYUB TEACHING HOSPITAL ABBOTTABAD
AbstractBackground: Breast cancer is the commonest cancer modality in female worldwide. Avoiding therisk factors can reduce its incidence and adhering to screening and early detection can reduce itsmortality. A sufficient knowledge regarding the risk factors and screening modalities is thereforeessential. We assessed the knowledge level about these parameters in our staff nurses. Methods: Aself-administered questionnaire survey was performed. Knowledge regarding the risk factors andscreening modalities were categorised into good, fair, poor and very poor categories. Results:Knowledge regarding most of the factors was found to be fair. A few things were termed as goodknowledge like role of breast-feeding in protecting against breast cancer. Practice regarding thescreening modalities was not satisfactory. Only a few nurses had good knowledge of the risk factorsand screening modalities. Practice of the Screening modalities was also poor. Conclusion: There is aneed to improve the nursing curriculum, training at the workplace and motivate them for screeningpractices. They should be encouraged to talk to their patients and their female attendants aboutprevention and early detection of breast cancer.Keywords: Breast cancer, BSE, knowledge
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