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IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 992-1001

Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Yousef Saleh Alalawi, Sultan Abdulrahman S. Alamrani, Razan Kamel A Albalawi, Ibrahim Ahmed J. Albalawi, Abdulazi Abdulkhaliq A. Alwakeel, Faisal Saeed A. Al-Ghamdi, Muath Sulaiman G. Alhamdi, Sultan Suliman Q. Al-Ruwaili.

ABSTRACT

Background: Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women in the world. It can emerge at any age, but women above the age of 40 are more commonly affected. Objective: To assess the public awareness of women toward breast cancer and the methods of screening, and to determine the relationship between the level of awareness with different sociodemographic factors. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among the women of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, via a nonprobability sampling technique. Data collection was carried out through an online self-administered questionnaire. Results: A total of 431 women were included in this study. Almost 40% were aged 18-30 years. The mean awareness score of the participants was 17.3 ± 3.5 (SD) out of a total of 24 points. More than half of the females revealed good awareness (52.7%). In addition, about 72.6% of the women knew that breast cancer is very common and most of them admitted that different methods of screening are not harmful but useful. Breast lumps was most frequently recognized symptom of breast cancer. Furthermore, significant associations were found between the level of awareness and age, marital status, occupational status, and age of menarche. Conclusion: The results showed an intermediate level of breast cancer awareness and screening methods. However, this level is still insufficient. Therefore, educational interventions are recommended to provide awareness of breast cancer. The above-listed associated factors should be considered while applying these interventions.

Keywords:
Breast cancer, awareness, screening, cancer, oncology


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Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Yousef Saleh Alalawi
Consultant, Breast and Endocrine, Surgery Department, King Salman Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Sultan Abdulrahman S Alamrani
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Razan Kamel A Albalawi
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Ibrahim Ahmed J Albalawi
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulazi Abdulkhaliq A Alwakeel
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Faisal Saeed A Al-Ghamdi
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Muath Sulaiman G Alhamdi
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia
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Sultan Suliman Q Al-Ruwaili
Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Sultan Abdulrahman S. Alamrani, Medical student, Tabuk University, Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia.; soltan8alomrani@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 29 May 2022
Accepted 04 Jun 2022
Published online 14 Jun 2022
Published in print 08 Jul 2022

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Alalawi YS, Alamrani SAS, Albalawi RKA, Albalawi IAJ, Alwakeel AAA, Al-Ghamdi FSA, Alhamdi MSG, Al-Ruwaili SSQ. Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi YS, Alamrani SAS, Albalawi RKA, Albalawi IAJ, Alwakeel AAA, Al-Ghamdi FSA, Alhamdi MSG, Al-Ruwaili SSQ. Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=50771 [Access: September 30, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi YS, Alamrani SAS, Albalawi RKA, Albalawi IAJ, Alwakeel AAA, Al-Ghamdi FSA, Alhamdi MSG, Al-Ruwaili SSQ. Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2022; 6(7): 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi YS, Alamrani SAS, Albalawi RKA, Albalawi IAJ, Alwakeel AAA, Al-Ghamdi FSA, Alhamdi MSG, Al-Ruwaili SSQ. Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2022), [cited September 30, 2022]; 6(7): 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi, Y. S., Alamrani, . S. A. S., Albalawi, . R. K. A., Albalawi, . I. A. J., Alwakeel, . A. A. A., Al-Ghamdi, . F. S. A., Alhamdi, . M. S. G. & Al-Ruwaili, . S. S. Q. (2022) Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 6 (7), 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi, Yousef Saleh, Sultan Abdulrahman S. Alamrani, Razan Kamel A Albalawi, Ibrahim Ahmed J. Albalawi, Abdulazi Abdulkhaliq A. Alwakeel, Faisal Saeed A. Al-Ghamdi, Muath Sulaiman G. Alhamdi, and Sultan Suliman Q. Al-Ruwaili. 2022. Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (7), 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi, Yousef Saleh, Sultan Abdulrahman S. Alamrani, Razan Kamel A Albalawi, Ibrahim Ahmed J. Albalawi, Abdulazi Abdulkhaliq A. Alwakeel, Faisal Saeed A. Al-Ghamdi, Muath Sulaiman G. Alhamdi, and Sultan Suliman Q. Al-Ruwaili. "Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi, Yousef Saleh, Sultan Abdulrahman S. Alamrani, Razan Kamel A Albalawi, Ibrahim Ahmed J. Albalawi, Abdulazi Abdulkhaliq A. Alwakeel, Faisal Saeed A. Al-Ghamdi, Muath Sulaiman G. Alhamdi, and Sultan Suliman Q. Al-Ruwaili. "Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.7 (2022), 992-1001. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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Alalawi, Y. S., Alamrani, . S. A. S., Albalawi, . R. K. A., Albalawi, . I. A. J., Alwakeel, . A. A. A., Al-Ghamdi, . F. S. A., Alhamdi, . M. S. G. & Al-Ruwaili, . S. S. Q. (2022) Public awareness of women toward breast cancer and its screening methods in Tabuk city, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (7), 992-1001. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1653847561


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