Show simple item record Uwamahoro, Grace 2019-01-25T06:38:35Z 2019-01-25T06:38:35Z 2017-06
dc.description Master's Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction and background: Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women worldwide. Diagnosis of breast cancer at an earlier stage allows women more treatment choices and greater chance of long term survival. Breast selfexamination (BSE) once a month contributes to a woman‟s heightened awareness of what is normal for her. It is recommended that women over the age of 20 years perform monthly breast self-examination to detect new lumps and other changes in their breast. In view of the fact that mammography is not readily available in resource limited countries like Rwanda, this study was designed to assess Knowledge and Practice of breast cancer preventive practices among female health science students of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2017. Methodology: A cross-sectional study design was used for this study. A sample size of 168 study subjects was selected randomly. Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect information. Data were analysed using SPSS version 21. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages were computed and findings were presented in form of tables and figures. Results: A total of 168 respondents participated in the study, participants had low knowledge about preventive practices (19.1%). Level of practice was low too; about only 56 (33.3%) respondents had done breast self- examinations, from these only a third of them practiced monthly (n=18). Some causes reported by students who had poor BSE practice were absence of symptoms in the breast (38.4%) and lack of knowledge about steps of BSE (28.6%). Conclusion and recommendation: Knowledge and practice of breast cancer preventive practices such as BSE was low. Being healthy was the major mentioned reasons for not doing BSE. The University of Rwanda is recommended to promote awareness about simple and cost effective methods such as BSE through emergence of groups in the University and celebrating days like breast cancer day. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Rwanda en_US
dc.subject Breast--Cancer--Diagnosis en_US
dc.subject Female--Cancer--Patients en_US
dc.subject Breast--Cancer--Prevention en_US
dc.title Knowledge and practice regarding breast cancer early detection among female health sciences students at the college of medicine and health sciences. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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