Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, comprising 23% of the female cancers and among the Iraqi population in general, preventive activities aimed to reduce risks to health, which is of four type primordial, primary, secondary and tertiary. Aim: To assess the level of knowledge of female secondary school students in Mosul city toward breast cancer prevention methods Subject and method: ACross-sectional study design involved 3000 female student. Using standardized questionnaire form consist from six part. 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 Grand mean assessment value for all variable regarding knowledge of healthy life style was 2.8, Knowledge regarding taking care of breast, Don't use of hormonal contraception and hormonal replacement therapy for more than 5 years and pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding at early age were 84.2%, 48.4%, and 33.0% respectively. The Grand mean assessment value for all variable toward preventive measure to women with high risk to breast cancer was 2.1, Most common source of information regarding preventive measure toward breast cancer was health professional 969 (32.3)%, and least source in information was school (book and/or teacher) 150 (5.0%). Conclusion: Unsatisfactory result was seen toward preventive measure of breast cancer to women with high risk. The most common source of information was health professional and least one were school (book and/or teacher). Recommendation: Expanding the topic of breast cancer in the school curriculum and adding a section of preventive measures and emphasis on the role of female teachers in delivering awareness against breast cancer.
Marab Younis Abdullah Al- Fathy, Muna Muneer Ahmed, Luai Farhan Zghair. Knowledge toward breast cancer prevention among secondary school female student in Mosul city. International Journal of Medicine Research, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 45-50