International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
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Assessment of Knowledge and Perception towards Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Author(s):Saleh Hadi Alharbi, Fayez Saud Alreshidi, Ibrahim A. Bin ahmed, Ali Ghannam Alrashidi, Sami Awejan Alrashedi, Kalaf Jaze Kalaf Alshammeri and Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed

Background: Breast cancer was the ninth leading cause of mortality for women in Saudi Arabia, and to reduce the burden of this disease appropriate information about breast cancer and its’ early detection measures are highly needed. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and perception of Northern Saudi Arabia people towards breast cancer prevention and early detection. Methodology: In this cross sectional descriptive study, data about breast cancer were obtained from 566 Saudi volunteers living in the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia. Results: When the level of individual’s knowledge about breast cancer was assessed, the majority of the study subjects were found with good knowledge followed by moderate and poor representing 187 (34.3%), 170 (31.2%) and 86 (15.8%), respectively. For females, most of them were found with good knowledge followed by moderate and poor constituting 142 (36.1%), 111 (28.2%) and 62 (15.8%), respectively. Conclusion: The findings of the present study have delivered evidence that women in Northern Saudi Arabia lack appropriate information about breast cancer and its’ early detection measures.

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