What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms?

Lakshmi Renganathan*, Shanthi Ramasubramaniam, Salem Al-Touby, Vidya Seshan, Amal Al-Balushi, Warda Al-Amri, Yusra Al-Nasseri, Yuthar Al-Rawahi

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Objectives: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers and a leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women worldwide. Studies to detect the awareness of breast cancer among Arab women are few and point to a lack of breast cancer knowledge among females. Early detection of breast cancer plays a leading role in reducing mortality rates and improving prognosis. This study aims to assess the knowledge and awareness of breast cancer symptoms among Omani women. Method: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey design was carried out in Muscat, Oman. The study was conducted at three health centers and three shopping malls using convenience sampling. A total of 369 women consented to be part of the study and completed a questionnaire. Responses to the questionnaire were summed to give an overall knowledge score. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data, which was also analyzed statistically.Results: Among the total number of women 68 (19%) were calculated to have poor knowledge, 219 (59%) had average knowledge, 77 (21%) had good knowledge, and five (1%) had excellent knowledge on breast cancer. Among the variables, education status (p=0.002, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-413
Number of pages6
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Awareness
  • Breast Cancer
  • Knowledge
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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