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Breast Self Examination among Secondary School Teachers in Edo State, Nigeria: A Survey of Perception and Practice

 

 

E.A. Tobin1 and P.O. Okeowo2

1Department of community Medicine, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Nigeria

2Department of community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin-City

 

Corresponding Author: Dr E. A. Tobin,

Department of Community Medicine, Igbinedion University,

Okada, Edo State, Nigeria,

Email: ekatobin@yahoo.com

 

Abstract: Breast cancer continues to claim the lives of hundreds of women all over the world in spite of the existence of simple to perform procedures that could ensure the early detection of breast changes. The study aims to assess the practice and perceptions towards breast self examination (BSE) among secondary school teachers in Benin City. A cross-sectional study was conducted in July 2010 among 300 female secondary school teachers in a selected local government area in Benin. An interviewer administered structured English language questionnaire was used for data collection. Data analysis was done using SPSS with level of significance set as p <0.05. All (100.0%) had heard of BSE, 79.3% had ever practiced (BSF) of which 19% performed BSF monthly, and 6% knew all steps in the procedures of BSF. Main source of information was the television. Ignorance of the usefulness of BSE was the most common reason given for not doing BSF. Nonetheless, attitude towards BSE was good for 80% of respondents. There is need for aggressive awareness campaign among secondary school teachers that will focus on filling knowledge gaps and providing opportunities for guided practice.

Keyword: Breast cancer; Breast self examination, practice, screening, teachers.

 

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