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Practice of breast self-examination and knowledge of breast cancer among female university students in Korea.

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Nursing & health sciences

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      This study examined the practice of breast self-examination and knowledge of breast cancer among female university students in Korea. This was a cross-sectional descriptive study. The participants were 2186 female university students in Korea. The Breast Cancer and Heredity Knowledge Scale was used. The collected data were analyzed through descriptive statistics, χ(2)-test, t-test, ANOVA, and logistic regression. Twenty-seven percent of students reported engaging in breast self-examination. The participants displayed a medium-level score (total score: 5.33 ± 2.70, range: 0-11) on knowledge about breast cancer. Predictors for breast self-examination were age (odds ratio = 1.15, P < 0.001), major (odds ratio = 1.80, P < 0.001), and knowledge of breast cancer (odds ratio = 1.16, P < 0.001). This study was the sole nationwide-scale research that examined the practice of breast self-examination, related factors, and knowledge of breast cancer among female university students, as a representative sample of young Korean women. The results are valuable in developing educational programs that can increase knowledge related to breast cancer, as well as the practice of breast self-examination, to support health promotion among young women.

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      [1 ] College of Health Sciences, Ewha Womans University, Seodaemoon-Ku, Seoul, Korea.
      Journal
      Nurs Health Sci
      Nursing & health sciences
      1442-2018
      1441-0745
      Sep 2012
      : 14
      : 3
      22672532 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00696.x
      © 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

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