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https://doi.org/10.24141/1/4/2/10

Awareness of breast self-examination among students at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb

Antonija Šajnović orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-0000-8139 ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, studentica studija sestrinstva
Ema Šerkić ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, studentica studija sestrinstva
Matea Dumančić orcid id orcid.org/0000-0003-2052-8307 ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, studentica studija sestrinstva
Ana Brčina orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-6531-7442 ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, studentica studija sestrinstva
Snježana Čukljek orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-6435-5818 ; Zdravstveno veleučilište Zagreb, Zagreb, Hrvatska


Puni tekst: hrvatski pdf 1.058 Kb

str. 249-256

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Sažetak

Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in the female population of Croatia, with incidence and mortality rate significantly higher than the EU average. By monthly breast self-examination, breast cancer can be detected at an earlier stage, which leads to decreased morbidity and mortality. Even though breast self-examination is an easy, fast and inexpensive screening method, a large number of women do not practise this method or lack the necessary knowledge to perform it correctly.

The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, opinions and prevalence of breast self-examination. The study was conducted at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb, where 528 female students were included from every study programme (Laboratory Medical Diagnostics, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Radiological Technology, Environmental Health Engineering and Occupational Therapy).

The results show that the majority of participants do not practise breast self-examination. Only 30% of the participants perform breast self-examination on a monthly basis. As the reason for not performing breast self-examination, the participants most commonly indicated their young age. 24% of the participants report that they do not know how to perform self-examination.

It is important to encourage the education of future health care professionals about the prevention measures, correct breast self examination techniques and the importance of early detection of breast cancer, so that they could apply acquired knowledge and skills on their future patients as well as themselves. The organisation of prevention programmes and participation in such programmes is essential in raising awareness of the importance of early detection.

Ključne riječi

breast self-examination, preventive measures, breast cancer

Hrčak ID:

207692

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/207692

Podaci na drugim jezicima: hrvatski

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