Knowledge and perception of women of child bearing age in ibadan north local government area about breast cancer

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Author: 
Dr. Beatrice M. Ohaeri, Ijeoma C. Obinwa and Ikenna N. Ojeigbe
Abstract: 

Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed countries. Adequate information about the disease could promote early detection and prompt intervention. However, despite the various awareness campaign instituted by governmental and non-governmental bodies, its incidence continues to increase. Therefore, the study assessed the knowledge of child-bearing women in Ibadan North Local Government (IBNLG) Nigeria concerning breast cancer.
Aim: To assess knowledge and perception of women of child bearing age IBNLG, Nigeria, about breast cancer.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used to collect from 150 women using simple random sampling technique.
Results: Result demonstrated that participants who had poor knowledge reported high in susceptibility to breast cancer (20.8%), while those who are knowledgeable reported low in susceptibility to breast cancer (17.4%) (X2=4.67;df=1p<0.5). It was equally revealed that there was no significant relationship between knowledge and protective measures of breast cancer (r=1.19; df=149; P<0.5). Majority had poor knowledge of risk factors and treatment options. Conclusions: Women of childbearing age in Ibadan North Local Government Area had poor knowledge of breast cancer, and its treatment measures. Hence, there is need for intervention through regular educational program on breast cancer and its management.

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