KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF BREAST SELF EXAMINATION (BSE) & CLINICAL BREAST EXAMINATION (CBE) AMONG FEMALE WORKERS IN ABIA STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL ABA ABIA STATE, NIGERIA

  • Uche C.L Department o f hematology Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba
  • Ekeleme N.C Department of Community medicine Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba
  • Iwuoha E.C Department of Community medicine Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba
  • Awa M. Department of Community medicine Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba
Keywords: Breast cancer, breast self-examination, clinical breast examination, knowledge, practice

Abstract

Background: Breast cancer is the commonest cancer affecting women worldwide. Early detection and subsequent treatment using both breast self-examination (BSE) and clinical breast examination (CBE) screening methods are known to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to this cancer.

Objective: To determine the knowledge and practice of breast self-examination (BSE) and clinical breast examination (CBE) amongst female workers in Abia State University Teaching Hospital, (ABSUTH), Aba.

Method: Hospital-based cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out amongst female workers in ABSUTH, Aba. Knowledge was assessed using knowledge scores computed for respondents using four parameters. Knowledge was classified as good or poor.

Result: 124 female workers (including health workers and support staff) participated in this study. The mean age of the respondents was 40.7 ±8.7 years. About 13% (16/124) of study participants admitted that they had relatives who had had breast changes/cancer. While, 52.4% of respondents had good knowledge of BSE and CBE, 47.6% had poor knowledge. About 66.1% had practiced BSE in the past. Less than half (40%) of the participants knew about clinical breast examination (CBE). In addition, only 20% of those who knew CBE had done it in the past. Respondents that were health workers were more than 4 times more likely to have good knowledge compared to support staff Odds Ratio 4.86; 95% CI (2.2-10.8).

Conclusion: There is poor practice of CBE amongst these female workers, which undermines the efforts against early detection of breast cancer. We recommend greater awareness and education among the female workers to improve knowledge and practice of BSE and CBE.

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Uche C.L, Ekeleme N.C, Iwuoha E.C, Awa M. KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF BREAST SELF EXAMINATION (BSE) & CLINICAL BREAST EXAMINATION (CBE) AMONG FEMALE WORKERS IN ABIA STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL ABA ABIA STATE, NIGERIA. Med. res. chronicles [Internet]. 2017Aug.31 [cited 2024Apr.20];4(04):402-10. Available from: https://medrech.com/index.php/medrech/article/view/255
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