Knowledge About Breast Cancer Risk-Factors, Breast Screening Method And Practice Of Breast Screening Among Female Healthcare Professionals Working In Governmental Hospitals, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Seife Teferi Dellie
2012 IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences  
Breast cancer in women is a major health burden both in developed and developing countries. Although there is no cancer registry in Ethiopia cervical and breast cancers are the top two cancer types having a lion's share for the high maternal deaths in the country. Stratified random sampling with proportional allocation and systematic random sampling techniques were employed to assess the knowledge of breast cancer risk factors and practice of breast cancer screening methods among female
more » ... re professionals in governmental hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 16 in bivariate analysis. In bivariate analysis age, marital status work experience and educational level had association with study participants' practice of the three breast cancer screening methods. These female health workers who were expected to act as role models and educate the public had adequate knowledge of breast cancer risk factors (85.0%)), BSE (77.6%), CBE (71.4%), and mammography (81.4%) but poor practice of BSE (35.5%), CBE (32.5%) and mammography (16%).Considering their leading role in breast cancer awareness and information dissemination, efforts should be made by Government to improve practice of breast cancer screening methods among female healthcare professionals.
doi:10.9790/3008-0210512 fatcat:4znflz4dybfw3ef3gvbipp5oyy