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  • Save International Journal of Nursing Science 2012, 2(5): 47-52 DOI: 10.5923/j.nursing.20120205.01 Saudi Young Females' Level of Knowledge Regarding Cervical and Breast Cancer Magda Mohamed Mohamed Bayoumi*, Mona Mohamed Megahed Elbasuny, Afnan Mohse n Ahme d Nasse r, Kholood Mohame d Abdullah, Noura Mohame d Ali Al mate ry Nursing Department, College of Applied M edical Sciences M ohail Asser, King Khalid University Abstract Breast cancer is currently the top cancer in wo men in the entire world, the most common cancer site in the 13 administrative regions of Saudi Arabia was breast cancer the leading cancer among wo men. Cerv ical cancer ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer in women between 15-44years of age. Incidence of cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia was 4.6 per 100.000 wo men. Our aim to evaluate level of knowledge regarding cervical and breast cancer among young females. A cross –sectional study was conducted fro m young females at science& Art Co llege and health science college. Interviewing structured questionnaire was used to collect data.; the questionnaire divided into three parts covered socio demographic data, breast cancer knowledge and cervical cancer knowledge among 215 students' with different age, parity and marital status were selected randomly. Out of 215 fe male student mean age was 22.6(9.4), 58% of study sample had unsatisfactory level of knowledge regard ing cervical and breast cancer, only 21.9% Know HPV vaccine, Television and radio were the most frequent 74.9%, 59.5% source of knowledge about breast and cervical cancer among study sample. In conclusion more efforts must be focused in provide proper education and reassurance our young females about danger health issues . Keywords Level o Knowledge, Breast Cancer, Ce rvica l Cancer 1. Introduction Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and account for 7.6 million deaths around 13% of all deaths. Deaths from cancer are pro jected to continue to rise to cover 12 million in 2030.1 breast cancer is currently the top cancer in wo men in the entire world and the leading cancer killer among wo men aged 20-59 years in h igh–income countries compared to low and midd le-income countries, but mortality is similar. It has been reported that each year, over 1.15 million wo men worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer and 502,000 d ie fro m d isease.2,3 Saudi Arabia has total population 25,721,000 million, of which about 6million are expatriate. The population is overwhelmingly young, with 45.7% females. The total number o f cancer cases analyzed among Saudis during the year 2004 was 6,969. Of those cases 50.1 %( 3,491) were reported among women. The most common cancer site in the 13 ad ministrative regions of Saudi Arab ia was breast cancer the leading cancer among wo men. 1, 4 Breast cancer largely v iewed as a d isease predominantly influenced by risk factors related to lifestyle, familial and * Corresponding author: (Magda Mohamed Mohamed Bayoumi) Published online at Copyright © 2012 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved genetic influences, hazardous effects of hormonal exposure, early age at menarche, late age at menopause, small number of children and nulliparity, late age at first birth, and no breast feeding have all been associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer.5 early detection of breast cancer can lead to greater likehood of cure, the reco mmended early detection strategies are awareness of early signs and symptoms through screening by breast self-examination, clin ical breast examination, and mammography screening.6 Cerv ical cancer is the second common type of cancers among wo men in the world and also ranks as the 2nd most frequent cancer in women between 15-44years of age as well as women of a ll ages in Asia. Incidence of cervica l cancer in Saudi Arabia was 4.6 per 100.000 wo men. 7 Cerv ical cancer is cancer of the uterine cervix. The A CS (American Cancer Society) estimated that over 12.000 cases of invasive cervical cancer d iagnosed; approximately 3.000 of these women will die. Hu man papillo mavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection, recognized as the necessary cause of 99% o f all cerv ical cancers, other risk factors include: family h istory of cervical cancer, early sexual debut age, lack of regular Pap smear testing, as well as nu mber of p reg n an cies .8 Awareness is the first step toward change and is a paramount importance. The aim of current study is to evaluate level of knowledge regard ing cervical and breast cancer among young females. 48 M agda M ohamed M ohamed Bayoumi et al.: Saudi Young Females' Level of Knowledge Regarding Cervical and Br east Cancer 2. Methodology 2.1. Study Design and Popul ati on This cross –sectional study was conducted from October 2011 to December 2011 among young females at science& Art Co llege and health science college, Mohaiel Asser, king Khalid Un iversity, Saudi Arabia. Study sample selected randomly. Total selected sample was 215 students' with different age, parity and marital status. 2.2. Data Collection mammogram as the most screening method. more than two third(74.4) reco mmended surgery as a treatment for breast cancer. Table (1). Participants' general Characteristics(n =215) Items No % College Health sciences college 73 34.0 Science& Art college 142 66.0 Age / year 18-23 24-29 Interviewing structured questionnaire was used to collect data. It designed by researcher based on the related literature, X Mean score ( + 139 64.7 76 35.3 it tested for validity on twenty students who excluded fro m study sample. The study tool divided into three parts and SD )22.6+9.4 covered the following items; part (1) socio demographic data (age, college, level, marital status, parity, history of cancer, and source of knowledge …). Part (2) breast cancer knowledge (incidence in Saudi Arab ia, risk factors, danger signs, screening, treatment).part (3) cervical cancer knowledge (hear about cervical cancer, risk factors, danger signs, HPV vaccine, pap smear, and treat ment).Written Marital status Single Married Divorced Widow P arity Nulliparous From 1-5 177 82.3 34 15.8 3 1.4 1 0.5 192 89.3 21 9.8 consent was obtained from college dean and students verbal From 5-10 2 0.9 consent gotten individually to conduct study. Scoring system: Family history of breast cancer The total knowledge score for total knowledge questions and sub questions (42), div ided as: 0>26 indicated unsatisfactory Yes No 12 5.6 203 94.4 knowledge and 26-42 indicated satisfactory knowledge. Hear about cervical cancer 2.3. Data Analysis Yes 118 54.9 No 97 45.1 The collected data was analyzed using statistical package for social science (SPSS) version 15. Data were presented using descriptive statistics in the form o f frequencies and percentages for qualitative variables. 3. Results The total study sample was 215 female students, 66% were Science& Art College students. Demographic characteristics of the study sample are presented in Table 1. The study sample mean age was 22.6(SD+9.4), with the majority of them 177(82.3%) single; 192(89.3%) nulliparous. 5.6% have family history of breast cancer. 45.1% of study sample not hear before about cervical cancer. As regard breast cancer knowledge Table 2. Clarified that simp ly 10.7% of study sample reported incidence of breast cancer in Saudi Arabia (10%), 101(47.0%) of them not considered breast cancer attack wo men only. In relation to breast cancer risk factors correct answers; the majority 80% consider breast feeding not risk factor and 60.5% consider fatter intake, 59.5% smo king, 58.1% genetic, and 55.8% obesity were risk factors but only 35.3%, 26.0% respectively appreciate menopause and early menarche as major risk factors. Painless lump (81.9%) and change in breast size (73.5%) were the most frequent correct danger signs among study sample. 80.0% aware of breast self–exam as breast cancer screening method but only 29.3% aware of Regarding study sample correct knowledge about cervical cancer, 67.9% and 61.4% respectively considering sexual disease and oral contraceptive risk factors while less than half(49.8%) considered papillo mav irus. 59.1% reported bleeding as danger sign whereas pelvic pain reported by 48.4%. only 21.9% Know HPV vaccine however 64.7% believed that pap test help in cervical cancer early detection (Table 3). Figure 1. Psrticipants′ level of knowledge regarding cervical and bteast cancer (n=215) More than half (58%) of study sample had unsatisfactory level of knowledge regard ing cerv ical and breast cancer according to scoring while 42% had satisfactory knowledge Fig. (1). Telev ision and radio were the most frequent 74.9%, 59.5% source of knowledge about breast and cervical cancer followed by internet 57.7%, 47% wh ile journals and magazines represented only 31.6% as a source cervical cancer informat ion Fig. (2) International Journal of Nursing Science 2012, 2(5): 47-52 49 Table (2). participants' knowledge regarding breast cancer (n=215) Items Correct answers No. % Incidence of breast cancer in Saudi Arabia 119 55.3 Breast cancer attack women only Risk factors: Gen et ic Smoking Big breast Breast feeding Obesity More fat intake Early menarche Late menopause Deliver first baby after30 Cancer in other breast Ovarian cancer Exposure to x-ray Oral contraception Aging Danger signs Painless lymph Inverted nipple Change in breast size Discharge or secretions Change in breast skin Screening Mammogram Clinical breast examination Breast self- examination Biopsy Treatment Hormonal therapy Radiot h erapy Chemotherapy Surgical 101 47.0 125 58.1 128 59.5 54 25.1 172 80.0 120 55.8 130 60.5 56 26.0 76 35.3 87 40.5 124 57.7 105 48.8 138 64.2 119 55.3 92 42.8 176 81.9 83 38.6 158 73.5 122 56.7 143 66.5 63 29.3 115 53.5 172 80.0 109 50.7 74 34.4 86 40.0 145 67.4 160 74.4 Table (3). Participants' knowledge regarding cervical cancer (n=215) Items Correct answers No. % Risk factors: Infect io n(p ap illomav irus) Smoking Sex early Oral contraceptive pills Family history Sexual disease 107 49.8 87 40.5 101 47.0 132 61.4 104 48.4 146 67.9 Danger signs Bleeding Pelvic pain Dyspareunia Abnormal vaginal discharge Know about HPV vaccine Pap test help in early detection Treatment Radiot h erapy Chemotherapy Surgical 127 59.1 104 48.4 116 54.6 119 55.4 47 21.9 139 64.7 96 44.7 136 63.3 140 65.1 cervical cancer breast cancer % 80.00 % 70.00 % 60.00 % 50.00 % 40.00 % 30.00 % 20.00 % 10.00 % 0.00 Figure 2. Participants ' source of information regarding cervical and breast cancer(n=215) 50 M agda M ohamed M ohamed Bayoumi et al.: Saudi Young Females' Level of Knowledge Regarding Cervical and Br east Cancer 4. Discussion Cancer incidence increases at faster rate with increasing age in young wo men, their cancers tend to be larger and higher grade with poorer prognostic characteristics, resulting in a higher risk of recurrence and death.9 Our study sample had a lack of knowledge about cervical and breast cancer, the most common cancers affected wo men in this young age, more than half of them had unsatisfactory level of knowledge. Previous studies confirmed our result. 10, 11 4.1. Breast Cancer Knowledge The current study revealed that simply 10.7% of sample reported correct incidence of breast cancer in Saudi Arabia. Regard assessed risk factors in the present study the most frequent identified risk factor were family history, smoking and fatter intake, our result similar to study conducted in Malaysia among female university students.12 Less than one third considered big b reast as a risk factor of b reast cancer, in contrast of Iranian study carried out among women attending med ical centers, 13 young females in our study not appreciate menopause and early menarche as major risk factors, the same result reported by previous studies in different population.12,14 Aware of breast cancer danger signs improve breast cancer self-early detection and treatment, the majority of our sample reported painless lu mp and change in breast size as a most frequent signs while inverted nipple represented only one third, same result explained by other investigators.15,16 In the study conducted in Saudi Arab ia among university female students aged fro m18 to 39 year, only few wo men knew that nipple retraction 27.9% and nipple discharge 42.9% are warn ing signs of breast cancer.17 another study conducted among African American wo men the majority wo men aware that abnormal discharge fro m the nipple is a possible sign of breast cancer.18 Breast self-examination (BSE) is one of the important steps for identifying breast tumors at an early stage and has positive effect on the early detection, the American cancer society recommended breast self- examination to be perfo rmed monthly beginning at the age of twenty,19 more than two third indicate BSE most frequent breast cancer screening method, the same result showed by different studies. 20,21,22 Mammogram is considered to be the forerunner in early detection of breast cancer but in the present study less than on third aware of mammogram as screening method. All breast cancer treatment alternatives identified by study sample. Undergoing surgery especially mastectomy involves loss of body part, however about two third of study sample choice surgery. factors frequently stated include sexual d isease, oral contraceptives, and sex early. Similar to study conducted in Pakistan among interns.27 the most frequently cervica l cancer symptoms was post coital bleeding, in the present study it reported by 59.1%, this finding similar to other study.28 during the last years, two vaccines were markets to prevent cervical in fection with hu man papillo ma virus (HPV) world wide.29 Less than one third of our study sample know about HPV vaccine in contrast with study carried in Belgiu m among adult wo men (mean age 37).30 while another studies presentations show poor informat ion about HPV vaccine.31,32,33 Cerv ical cancer is largely preventable by effective screening programs and considerable reduction in cervical cancer incidence and deaths by systematic cytological smear screening programs.34 nearly two third in our present study aware of pap test as early detection screening method of cervical cancer. Similar result reported by previous studies.35, 36, 37 4.3. Source of Information Mass media was easily accessible and provide wide range of information, this exp lain our find ings that mass med ia represented the most common source of informat ion for cervical and breast cancers among present participants, similar findings were reported in previous studies.38, 39, 40 Followed by colleges and friends in contrary with other researchers who found that the main source of information was friends and colleagues.41 5. Conclusions Overall, there is limited knowledge regarding cervica l and breast cancer among university female students. Furthermo re they not aware of screening programs for cancer early detection or HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. More efforts must be focused in provide proper education and reassurance our young females about danger health issues. Posters and pamphlets in the university campus should be developed to increase heath awareness, and implemented educational programs as a part of e xtracurricular activit ies. 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