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Knowledge and Attitudes about Breast Cancer among Women: A Wake-Up Call in Nigeria

George, T. O. and Allo, T. and Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Olonade, O. (2019) Knowledge and Attitudes about Breast Cancer among Women: A Wake-Up Call in Nigeria. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences. ISSN 1857-9655

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BACKGROUND: Preventable deaths resulting from the scourge of breast cancer has become alarming and worrisome in many societies in developing countries, including Nigeria. Of much concern is the fact that breast cancer has continued to claim the precious lives of young, middle-aged, old, educated and non-educated women irrespective of their religion, socio-economic background and socio-demographic characteristics. AIM: This study attempts to ascertain the knowledge and attitudes of women to breast cancer in Ogun State, Nigeria. METHODS: The study adopts both primary and secondary data sources to examine the level of knowledge and attitude of women towards breast cancer with the view of suggesting probable solutions and recommendations for policy. RESULTS: The result indicates that the awareness about breast cancer is overwhelming but only few women know about mammography; women in older age are 0.193 times less likely to attend breast cancer screening (p=0.000). Older women with secondary education that are either self-employed outside the home or full-time housewives are unfavourably disposed to breast cancer screening. CONCLUSION: The authors recommend that concerned stakeholders in the health sector and policy decision makers should intensify action on cancer programmes and campaigns that could target older women especially housewives and women in middle level education

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge; Attitudes; Breast cancer; Women; Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 16:14
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 16:14

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