Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00004371
Title: Awareness of breast cancer and breast self-examination among female students in South Chennai
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: This study aims to evaluate the awareness among women in Southern Chennai about breast cancer and breast self- examination (BSE). Materials and Methods: The study was conducted among 384 female students studying in the southern regions of Chennai. A pre-evaluated questionnaire consisting of questions related to demographic data, awareness, assessing, and knowledge of breast cancer and BSE was determined. Results: Breast cancer being the most common cancer among women, the questionnaire was collected from a total of 384 female students with age ranging from 18 to 27 years. The general knowledge of breast cancer was very varied among the students with the highest of 75%. The students knew about the symptoms of breast cancer with percentages higher than 30%, responses to questions regarding risk factors were also varied with the highest of 40.5% with late menopause as a risk factor. Among the total students, 57% do not know about the BSE and 43% knew about BSE before the intervention. Conclusion: Diagnosis of breast cancer and attention at an early stage by giving appropriate awareness and knowledge of breast cancer and BSE and could mean for better treatment outcomes and complete cure with early reporting of signs and symptoms. This could prove to lower the burden on the symptoms and also the economy on the treatment plan. This study proved that the majority of the female students were not aware of the disease and BSE. Awareness and knowledge were spread among the female students to prevent and lower the chances of breast cancer.

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    U. Ahamed Irshath, M. Yokesh, M. Vara Prasanna Rao*

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    Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. M. Vara Prasanna Rao, Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Velan Nagar, P.V. Vaithiyalingam Road, Pallavaram, Chennai - 600 117, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    U. Ahamed Irshath, M. Yokesh, M. Vara Prasanna Rao*

    Title:Awareness of breast cancer and breast self-examination among female students in South Chennai
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (November )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (2850-2853)
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    Methodology: Awareness, Breast self-examination, Knowledge, Questionnaire
    Research Materials:Breast cancer

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Awareness Breast cancer Breast self-examination Knowledge Questionnaire

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