Jafari Shobeiri M, Shahamfer J and Pouraliakbar Y
Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Cancer Sci Ther
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of education on knowledge and attitude of breast self examination (BSE) among women. Method: Knowledge and attitude of BSE among 200 married women aged 15-50 years who referred to the preventive health care centers were evaluated by a preliminary study. After that, an educational program about BSE was carried out every month till 6 months. Subjects were divided into intervention group and control group (each group containing100 women) by randomized sampling. Six months later, final situation was evaluated. Results: The mean age of women was 31 years. The knowledge ratio about BSE in the study group increased from 23.3% to 77.4% while it was 30.8% in the control group. Similarly the ratio of regularly performing BSE in the study group increased from 9.0% to 55.3.3% while the same ratio was found 11.7% in the control group. The differences between two groups before and after training were statistically significant. Also the result determined that there was a meaningful relationship between age and skills of women about BSE (p=0.005). There was significant relationship between literacy and BSE (P=0.000) Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that an educational program can be significantly effective in improving BSE practice in women which is the best way of screening program.
Jafari Shobeiri M is working as a Professor at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences Iran, in the department of Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and also working in the Alzahra Hospital.