Background: Early detection methods of breast cancer plays an important role in reducing mortality rates and improving the prognosis, most common presentation breast mass, pain, change in skin, change in nipple and discharge. The comments diagnostic methods was mammogram and improve by biopsy. Aim: To assess the level of knowledge among female secondary school students in Mosul city toward breast cancer. Subject and method: ACross-sectional study design involved 1000 female student. The study extended for two months during 2019, using standardized questionnaire form consist from four items. Simple percentage calculated and the answer are scaled according to three-point Likert scale as (yes, uncertain, and no), the mean score was calculated. Result: The study revealed that 83% of study sample agreed that breast cancer can be treated if discover in early stages, 78% of them reported that commonest cancer among Iraqi women and worldwide. The study concluded fourth fifth of study sample recorded that breast –self-examination is comments method of early detected of breast cancer then clinical breast examination and the least method of detection was MIR as 39%. The most common symptom reported was mass, Change in shape and size of breast, and pain in breast or axilla as (89.0%, 70%, and 65%) respectively. The most common source of information of breast cancer among study sample were TV program and health professional as 33.8% and 33.7%, respectively. Conclusion: Secondary school female student has level of knowledge was just above cut-of point and main source of information was TV program and health professional while school book, and teachers has least source of information. Recommendation: Wide expanding of education program to help student to transport a mission that breast cancer is a treatable disease if discover early.
Marab younis Abdullah Al- Fathy, Waleed Mohamed Basheer Alsabea, Obaid Fakhri Hameed. Knowledge toward breast cancer among secondary school female student in Mosul city. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 45-48