Health  Vol.8 No.5 , March 2016
An Assessment of the Knowledge and Practice of Self Breast Examination (BSE) amongst University Students
Abstract: Objective: This study sought to assess the knowledge and practice of breast self-examination (BSE) amongst students in the Department of Nursing Science of a tertiary institution in Benin City, Edo State towards self breast examination (SBE). Methods: A descriptive, cross sectional study was conducted in the nursing department of a tertiary institution in Benin City, Edo state. The age range of the study population was between 17-31 years. Convenient sampling technique was used to select 200 female students. The instrument used was a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was divided into 4 sections: i) Bio-data; ii) knowledge of self breast examination; iii) practice self breast examination; iv) factors affecting SBE. Results: The results of this study indicated that majority of the students were knowledgeable about self breast examination and majority of them practiced self breast examination. The alternate hypothesis which stated that there was a significant difference between factors affecting SBE was retained and the mean values revealed that “forgetfulness” as a factor had the highest mean value. This meant that “forgetfulness” was a potent factor to SBE among the respondents studied. Conclusion: The students in this tertiary institution were aware of self breast examination and they did practice it. Studies like these could enhance the knowledge regarding BSE among nurses and other health professionals.
Cite this paper: Florence, A. , Felicia, A. , Dorcas, A. and Ade-Aworetan, F. (2016) An Assessment of the Knowledge and Practice of Self Breast Examination (BSE) amongst University Students. Health, 8, 409-415. doi: 10.4236/health.2016.85043.

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