Libyan International Medical University Journal

ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58--68

Knowledge towards breast cancer among Libyan women in Tripoli


YA Taher1, AM Samud2, GM Benhusein1 
1 Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Y A Taher
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Tripoli, Tripoli
Libya

Introduction: Breast cancer in women is the commonest type of cancer worldwide. However, in Libya, ordinary systematic screening for breast cancer is neglected. Aim: The present study was aimed to evaluate the women's knowledge towards breast cancer and its risk factors. Methods: A cross-sectional survey, using self-administered questionnaire and face-to-face interviews was conducted at different places in Tripoli city along a period of nine months, from April-December 2013. Results: The mean age (±bSD) of the participating women was 48±b5 years and out of 284 contributors 84.5% were married. One hundred and eighty women (63.4%) stated that long-term use of contraceptive pills (> 5 years) increases the incidence rate of breast cancer. Besides, more than half of participants (157 women) specified that breast cancer is treated by surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, although 50.7% of women reported that mammography and ultrasound are used for early detection, more than 60% of women believed that mammogram can cause cancer. In addition, our data demonstrate that increased knowledge was associated with women who know how to do self-examination and living in urban area. Conclusion: Our findings demonstrate that Libyan women have acceptable level of knowledge regarding breast cancer. However, improvement of the health systems and awareness regarding breast cancer is needed.


How to cite this article:
Taher Y A, Samud A M, Benhusein G M. Knowledge towards breast cancer among Libyan women in Tripoli.Libyan Int Med Univ J 2016;1:58-68


How to cite this URL:
Taher Y A, Samud A M, Benhusein G M. Knowledge towards breast cancer among Libyan women in Tripoli. Libyan Int Med Univ J [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jun 24 ];1:58-68
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