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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2023, Volume : 11, Issue : 3
First page : (1) Last page : (8)
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Knowledge and Awareness Regarding Breast Cancer among a Sample of the Educated Women in Karbala Provenance

Ali Neamah Hasan Al-Aaragi*
Master of Community Health, Lecturer at the Department of Community Health,
Technical Institute of Karbala, Al-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University- Kufa, Iraq
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Received: 15.03.2023 | Revised: 28.05.2023 | Accepted: 12.06.2023 


Background: Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women, its impacting 2.1 million new cases each year, contributing about 11.6% of the total cancer incidence burden worldwide.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among a sample of 582 educated women from Karbala Technical Institute to assess their Knowledge and Awareness regarding breast cancer (B.C.). A self-administered questionnaire was used to achieve the aim of the study, which contained two parts: the first part was demographic characteristics, and the other part was used to assess Knowledge and awareness; the researchers designed this questionnaire form according to WHO criteria. The sample was classified into three categories: student 349 (60%), teaching staff 92 (15.8%) and administrative staff 141 (24.2%).
Results: 77.7 % of the participants believed that the best way to prevent breast cancer was "Early detection". Regarding signs and symptoms, most of the participant's answers (71.5%) agree with the "appearance of a Painless lump in the breast or the underarm". On the other hand, (57.2 %) of represented believe that the most risk factor was "Family history of breast cancer". As an overall assessment, 50.2% had a good and acceptable knowledge of B.C.
Conclusion: This study revealed unsatisfactory Knowledge of breast cancer among educated women in Karbala Provenance.

Keywords: Knowledge; awareness; Breast Cancer; educated women; Risk Factors.

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Cite this article: Al-Aaragi, A. N. H. (2023). Knowledge and Awareness Regarding Breast Cancer among a Sample of the Educated Women in Karbala Provenance, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci.11(3), 1-8. doi: