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25th World Cancer Conference

Rome, Italy

Syed Azizur Rahman

Syed Azizur Rahman

University of Sharjah, UAE

Title: Awareness and attitudes on breast cancer and breast self-examination practice among the female students at University 0f Sharjah, UAE

Biography

Biography: Syed Azizur Rahman

Abstract

Background: According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization. Breast cancer is considered the most common cancer in the UAE. The average age of women who get breast cancer in the UAE is about 10 years younger than women in Europe and USA. Breast self-examination (BSE) is a screening technique that can be done at home which allows the woman to examine her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes.
Aim: This study aimed to assess the awareness of breast cancer and breast self-examination and practice among the female students at the University of Sharjah.
Method: A cross sectional study was conducted to explore the awareness level of breast cancer and breast self-examination and practice among the female students at the University of Sharjah. Data were organized and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences.
Results: The majority of the student has heard about breast cancer and breast self-examination. Social media is the main sources of information. Less than half of the participants have knowledge about the risk factor of breast cancer. Difference of knowledge on both the breast cancer and BSF were found among the student of three campuses. Only 28% of the participants perform breast self-examination. This finding suggests organizing comprehensive awareness program among the female student to reduce cancer episode in UAE.