Practice of Breast Self- Examination among female undergraduate students of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State
Objectives: Breast self-examination (BSE) is one of the important screening techniques for early detection of malignancy of the breast. The procedure is simple and non-invasive, however, there is inadequate information of breast self-examination practice among students. The study assessed the breast self-examination practice among female undergraduate students of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State.
Methods: This was a cross sectional survey conducted in 2016 among two hundred and fifty undergraduate students of Adeleke University, Ede who were female. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select respondents for the study. Self-administered questionnaire was used to elicit information on the practice of breast self-examination among the study participants. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 was used to analyze data.
Results: The mean age of respondents was 20.41±2.52 years. Two third of the study participants were of the Yoruba ethnicity (65.6%) and majority were never married (98.8%). Majority (89.2%) of them were aware of BSE and their main source of information was seminar (42.0%). Only a 35.2% of the study participants stated they practice BSE monthly.
Conclusion: There is poor practice of breast self-examination among the study participants. To achieve utmost breast cancer prevention, public health programs should focus on regular and correct performance breast self-examination among female students.
Keywords: Practice, Breast Self-Examination, female, undergraduate students