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
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Breast Neoplasms
Oman
Mortality
Early Detection of Cancer
Neoplasms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Education
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Breast Cancer
  • Knowledge
  • Symptoms

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  • Medicine(all)

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Renganathan, L., Ramasubramaniam, S., Al-Touby, S., Seshan, V., Al-Balushi, A., Al-Amri, W., ... Al-Rawahi, Y. (2014). What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms? Oman Medical Journal, 29(6), 408-413. https://doi.org/10.5001/omj.2014.110

What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms? / Renganathan, Lakshmi; Ramasubramaniam, Shanthi; Al-Touby, Salem; Seshan, Vidya; Al-Balushi, Amal; Al-Amri, Warda; Al-Nasseri, Yusra; Al-Rawahi, Yuthar.

In: Oman Medical Journal, Vol. 29, No. 6, 2014, p. 408-413.

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Renganathan, L, Ramasubramaniam, S, Al-Touby, S, Seshan, V, Al-Balushi, A, Al-Amri, W, Al-Nasseri, Y & Al-Rawahi, Y 2014, 'What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms?', Oman Medical Journal, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 408-413. https://doi.org/10.5001/omj.2014.110
Renganathan L, Ramasubramaniam S, Al-Touby S, Seshan V, Al-Balushi A, Al-Amri W et al. What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms? Oman Medical Journal. 2014;29(6):408-413. https://doi.org/10.5001/omj.2014.110
Renganathan, Lakshmi ; Ramasubramaniam, Shanthi ; Al-Touby, Salem ; Seshan, Vidya ; Al-Balushi, Amal ; Al-Amri, Warda ; Al-Nasseri, Yusra ; Al-Rawahi, Yuthar. / What do Omani women know about breast cancer symptoms?. In: Oman Medical Journal. 2014 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 408-413.
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