Deepali Mane, Pompa Mukherjee, Chitra Nair, Ranjit Kaur Bhatti


Introduction – Breast disorders are a significant health concern for women. Whether benign or malignant, intense feelings of shock, fear, and denial often accompany the initial discovery of a lump or change in the breast. These feelings can be associated both with the  fear of death and with the possible loss of a breast. Throughout history, female breast has been regarded as symbol of beauty, femininity, sexuality and motherhood. A number of screening tests have been employed including clinical and self-breast, mammography, genetic screening, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. BSE is the recommended method in developing countries because it is easy, convenient, safe and requires no specific equipment.

Objectives:- To assess knowledge of breast self examination among rural women.

Population: Women above the age group of 30 years.

Methods:- A cross-sectional descriptive study with  Convenience sampling technique was used to collect data from 50 samples. The research variables were Breast Self-Examination, knowledge. Based on the objectives a semi-structured questionnaire was prepared to identify sociodemographic variables along with knowledge on Breast Self-Examination. Data was analysed using simple statistical tests.

Results:- Majority of the subjects are found to possess poor knowledge (62%) and 38% of the sample had average knowledge of Breast Self-Examination.

Conclusion- The finding of the study revealed that the samples does not acquire adequate knowledge about Breast Self-Examination.


Breast Self-Examination, Knowledge.

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