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Knowledge and Attitudes towards Breast Cancer among Women in Rombo District, Kilimanjaro Region

Valentine, G. Knowledge and Attitudes towards Breast Cancer among Women in Rombo District, Kilimanjaro Region. Dar es Salaam Medical Students' Journal, 14 (2). ISSN 0856-7212

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Abstract

To assess knowledge and attitudes towards breast cancer among women aged 30 years and above in Rombo district Kilimanjaro region. A descriptive,cross- sectional study. Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. Of the 150 women who participated in the study, 64.7% had either never been to school or not completed primary school. 17(11.3%) had knowledge on the presenting features of breast cancer at early stages of the disease. About 11 % knew at least one of the predisposing factors of breast cancer while 89% knew nothing on it. Fifty percent were in dilemma on whether one can detect lumps (mass on breast) at home, 33.3'% said it can not be done at home while 16.7% knew it can be done at home. 53% could not tell whether breast cancer is curable or not, 28% said it is incurable while 19% knew it is curable if detected early. For those who claimed it is not curable, their reasons were curse (24%), most of the patients died (31 %) and once one gets it must kill her (45%). The findings show that there is a need to educate the community on breast cancer.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Breast cancer, Rombo district, BRCA1-gene, Chromosome 17, Pregnancy, Cervical cancer
Subjects: Non-communicable disease (NCD) > Cancer
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 06:54
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 06:54
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/3108

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