Poor knowledge and practice towards breast cancer among women in Baghdad City, Iraq

Tiba Nezar Hasan, Shamsul Azhar Shah, Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, Nazarudin Safian, Zahir Izuan Azhar, Syed Sharizman Syed Abdul Rahim, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi

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Background: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among females worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and practice about breast cancer and its related factors among women in Baghdad city, Iraq. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 508 women aged 18 to 55 years from four non-governmental organizations (NGO) in Baghdad city, Iraq. A self-administered questionnaire on breast cancer knowledge and practice was distributed to participants during weekly activity of the NGO. Results: A total of 61.2% of the respondents had poor knowledge, only 30.3% performed breast self-examination (BSE) and 41.8% said that they did not know the technique to perform BSE. Associations between knowledge and marital status and age were significant. For practice, working status, education, age and family income were significant. After controlling for cofounders, the most important contributing factors for poor knowledge among respondents were marital status and not performing BSE, with adjusted odds ratio of 1.6 and 1.8 respectively. Conclusions: Breast cancer knowledge and practice of BSE are poor among women in Baghdad city, Iraq. More promotion regarding breast cancer signs and symptoms and also how to perform BSE should be conducted using media such as television and internet as these constituted the main sources of information for most women in our study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6669-6672
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume16
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Baghdad city
  • Breast cancer
  • BSE
  • Iraq
  • Knowledge
  • Practice

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Poor knowledge and practice towards breast cancer among women in Baghdad City, Iraq. / Hasan, Tiba Nezar; Shah, Shamsul Azhar; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat; Safian, Nazarudin; Azhar, Zahir Izuan; Syed Abdul Rahim, Syed Sharizman; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 16, No. 15, 2015, p. 6669-6672.

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Hasan, Tiba Nezar ; Shah, Shamsul Azhar ; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat ; Safian, Nazarudin ; Azhar, Zahir Izuan ; Syed Abdul Rahim, Syed Sharizman ; Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal. / Poor knowledge and practice towards breast cancer among women in Baghdad City, Iraq. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2015 ; Vol. 16, No. 15. pp. 6669-6672.
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