BREAST CANCER KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS AMONG FEMALE COLLEGE STUDENTS IN NANDED, MAHARASHTRA
Dr. Jyoti Vishnu Meghdambar*
Introduction: Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed countries and undeveloped one. Although Breast Cancer is thought to be a disease of developed world, almost One in 58 women are affected by Breast Cancer in the age group of 30-70 years. It is the second most prevalent cancer among Indian women. The low survival rates in less developed countries can be explained mainly by the lack of early detection programmes. This results in high proportion of women presenting with late stage disease as well as by the lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities. The study investigated Breast Cancer awareness among college students in Nanded city. Aim and Object: To assess Breast Cancer knowledge and awareness in female college students in Nanded city, Maharashtra. Materials and Methodology: The study used the self administered questionnaires, regarding the perception of Breast Cancer knowledge and awareness as well as Breast Self Examination. The questionnaire used in this study had a total 10 questions. This original study replicates the scientific analysis of the feedback after the presentation about breast cancer Awareness Programme. There are total 400 students included from various institutes in Nanded. Observations: The masses were eager and enthusiastic to listen to awareness programme. The response was encouraging while gathering the feedback from them. Discussion: This results showed that most of the students (76 %) were not aware of the Breast Cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in women. Thus, even though a significant no. of participants more than (86 %) indicated that monthly BSE might help in early detection of Breast Cancer. The students were felt that delivered presentation is useful to them and they can give information to others in society. The students were happy about the presentation and regarding the subject awareness. Conclusion: The results showed a general lack of knowledge of Breast Cancer among female college students in Nanded City. The study expects that this result may provide useful data that may be used by health institutions in Nanded and other districts and countries to formulate health education programmes focusing on Breast Cancer that targets students and general public. Such topics like Breast cancer awareness may be added in the syllabus. It is necessary to consider these facts while drafting a syllabus or NSS like programmes.
Keywords: Breast Cancer Awareness, Knowledge, female College Students, Nanded.
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