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Volume :40 Issue : 153 2014      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Breast Cancer Knowledge and Awareness among Kuwaiti Women.

Auther : Dr. Maha M. Al-Sejari - Prof. Yagoub Y. Al-Kandari

     The major aim of this study is to examine breast cancer knowledge and awareness among Kuwaiti women from an anthropological perspective.  The study concentrates on examining the impact of sociocultural factors (age, level of education, sector, ethnic roots, material status, family history with cancer, and family history with breast cancer) on participants knowledge and beliefs concerning the risk factors and warning signs of breast cancer.  A convenient sample of 353 Kuwaitis women were selected, ages range between 15 and 62 years.  The instrument used for date collection was a structured questionnaire that consisted of four sections, with a total of 34 items.  Scales of Knowledge of risk factors for breast cancer, breast cancer symptoms, and cultural knowledge of breast risk factors were used for this study.  The findings revealed that most of the participants believed that exposure to high-dose radiation in the chest is the cause of breast cancer.  And about half of the participants considered smoking, pollution, alcohol consumption, personal history of breast cancer, and heredity and family history of breast cancer as breast cancer risk factors. Others believed that wearing a tight bra and being hit on the breast may cause breast cancer.  The most recoginizable breast cancer symptoms were alteration in size of women's breasts, swelling of the breasts, and feeling pain in the breasts.  A significant relationship between participants' level of education, marital statuse, and family history of breast cancer and their knowledge of breast cancer risk factor and warning symptoms. Moreover, the date showed that women with a family history of breast cancer are more knowledgeable about brast cancer risk factors than women with no family hsitory of breast cancer.  Data also reveal that women's ethnic roots is  significantly associated with their knowledge of breast cancer risk factors, and women's age is significantly associated with their awareness about breast cancer warning signs.
 

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