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Elhadi Miskeen

University of Bisha College of Medicine, Saudi Arabia

Title: Knowledge, Perception, and Risk Awareness about Breast Cancer among medical students in university of Bisha, Southern Saudi Arabia, 2019


Biography: Elhadi Miskeen


Background: Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the primary cause of mortality in women worldwide as well as in Saudi Arabia. Education of women is recommended for early detection and treatment.

Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, perception, and risk awareness about breast cancer among medical students at the University of Bisha, Southern Saudi Arabia.

Methodology: In this institutional-based cross-sectional study 391 medical students from the college of medicine and college of applied sciences were enrolled. The knowledge status was as well as perception were assessed. Likert scale of 1–5 was also employed to rate the responses of participants regarding perception related questions. P<0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: The mean age of the respondents was 20.1±1.5 SD. Male was 128 (32.1%) and female were 263 (67.3%). The mean total knowledge score of the students regarding general knowledge, risk factor and symptoms was 70.3%. Majority of the participants 308 (78.8%) believed that woman can enjoy a good quality of life after receiving the treatment for breast cancer. However, only 117 (29.9%) believed that treatments for breast cancer are more helpful to young people. Very few participants 56 (14.3%) believed that breast cancer treatment is embarrassing. However, 124 (31.7%) agreed that the treatment of breast cancer results in the loss of physical beauty. A significant difference in breast cancer knowledge in gender, the male had significantly less knowledge as compared to female (p=0.05).

Conclusion: The curriculum should be updated to increase breast cancer awareness among medical students. Breast cancer awareness campaign with stress the importance of early detection as a part of the social accountability of the university was recommended.