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US Department of Health and Human Services (2014) Breast Cancer Screening. Washington DC.

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  • TITLE: Knowledge and Awareness of Breast Cancer among Young Women in the United Arab Emirates

    AUTHORS: Moustafa Younis, Dania Al-Rubaye, Hadeel Haddad, Ahmed Hammad, Manar Hijazi

    KEYWORDS: Breast Cancer, Awareness, Knowledge, Breast Self-Examination, Clinical Breast Examination, Young Adults, UAE

    JOURNAL NAME: Advances in Breast Cancer Research, Vol.5 No.4, October 31, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among females in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It carries poor prognosis when detected late. Patients usually present at late stages due to lack of awareness of various aspects of breast cancer. Aim: The objective of this study is to gain insight into the level of knowledge of breast cancer among young adult females in UAE. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among females aged 25 to 45. A total of 492 females were selected using a convenience sampling method. Data were collected through an interview-based questionnaire. Frequency distributions and percentages were used to describe the knowledge tested within the questionnaire. Results: The mean age of the participants was 33.5 years. Almost 27% of our participants received a high school degree. The average total knowledge of our population was 51%. The majority (89%) knew that breast cancer is common and 45% knew that it affects ages above forty. The knowledge of signs and symptoms was 53%, and more than half (57%) knew that the most common presenting sign is a breast lump. The knowledge of risk factors was 43%. Almost 94% knew that cancer can be detected early, and 93% knew that early diagnosis improves outcome. The total knowledge of screening methods was 67%. Conclusion: The study revealed that respondents’ knowledge of breast cancer is less than expected. The increased burden of the disease should be accompanied by powerful means of spreading awareness by implementing campaigns that would improve knowledge deficits.