Breast cancer knowledge and breast self-examination practices among female university students in Kampala, Uganda: A descriptive study

Katende Godfrey, Tukamuhebwa Agatha, Joyce Nankumbi

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Objective: The purpose of the study was to assess female university students’ knowledge of breast cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, and identify breast self-examination (BSE) practices. Using this information we aimed to design an education intervention tailored to address any knowledge and practice gaps identified. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study with 204 female Makerere University students. Data was obtained through the use of a structured questionnaire over a period of two months (1 April 2013 to 30 May 2013). Results: Our study revealed a high awareness of breast cancer (98.0%) and BSE practices (76.5%) among female students. Over half the students (61.3%) had an intermediate level of knowledge about risk factors related to breast cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease. Skills related to BSE practices were found to be low (43.6%). The majority (56.9%) of students received information about breast cancer via mass media. Conclusion: Pre- post-education intervention studies need to be conducted to evaluate the intervention outcomes related to breast cancer knowledge and BSE practices among female students in Uganda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Breast neoplasms
  • Breast self-examination
  • Students
  • Uganda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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