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Reisi M, Javadzadeh S H, Sharifirad G, Yarmohammadi P. Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of Breast Self-Examination among Female Health Workers in Isfahan, Iran. HSR 2011; 7 (2)
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1- MSc Student, Student Research Committee, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2- Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
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Abstract Background: breast cancer as a most common organ cancer in women is the first cause of death among women with 40-45 years old. The only way to control this disease is early detection that it can be treated in about 90% of women with breast cancer. The best way for early detection of breast cancer is screening, and the best accessible way is breast self examination (BSE). Considering this fact that female health workers are responsible for improvement of public health, in addition to self care, they can encourage the clients and help to improve healthy goals. Therefore this study, investigates the Knowledge, attitudes and practice of Breast Self - Examination among female health workers. Methods: This descriptive cross sectional study was done among 119 female health workers in Isfahan. The method of sampling was clustering. With KAP questioner knowledge, attitude and practice of theses participants was assessed. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics methods. Findings: The mean age of participants was 38/3± 7/27. The knowledge about breast cancer and doing breast self examination (BSE) was good (79/8%) in most participants and (72/45%) of them have positive attitudes but only (39/5%) of the samples performed BSE regularly every month. A significant relationship was found between attitudes and the university degree of the health workers and also between age, university degree and the times of taking part in education classes with performing BSE in the best time for breast self examination.(P< 0.005). 12/6% of them did not have a good performance. Conclusion: considering that health workers can play an important role on encouraging the clients to perform healthy and preventive behaviors, their weak behavior is not acceptable in these groups. This result also shows that additional studies are needed to identify the factors that make women using screening services and encourage them for using these methods.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: education health and promotion
Received: 2020/07/16 | Accepted: 2011/07/15 | Published: 2011/07/15

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