Breast Self-examination Practices and the Effect of a Planned Training Program in Western Turkey

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Donmez Y. , DOLGUN E. , Yavuz M.

ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION, cilt.13, ss.6159-6161, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 13 Konu: 12
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.7314/apjcp.2012.13.12.6159
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.6159-6161


This cross-sectional and descriptive study was aimed to evaluate women breast self-examination (BSE) practice and effects of a planned educational programme for breast cancer and BSE. The samples of the study consisted 266 women. The study data were collected by a questionnaire in six months periods as two times in a month in which the periods were defined and announced to all women. After that all the women were informed about BSE. The statue of performing BSE of women (n=146) was evaluated. They were interviewed on phone after 6 months. The collected data were analyzed by using statistical SPSS program. The average age of women was 35.68 +/- 7.54. It is also determined that (61.3%) had no knowledge about BSE, (87.6%) had examined clinical breast examination (CBE) in a year and half of them (50.8%) never practiced BSE, (29.0%) had BSE regularly every month. Concerning the status of BSE practice before the education and after the education significant difference is found statistically (p<0.00). The significance of this study is that it is to give education about breast cancer and BSE for raising awareness among women.