Introduction: breast cancer is the common cancer among females and a leading cause of mortality among them globally, its rates are three times higher in developing countries. Breast self-examination (BSE) had an important role in early detection, increasing the survival rate of breast cancer patients, despite these benefits, the rates of practicing BSE are low, especially in developing countries.
Objective: to assess the levels of awareness about breast cancer, and BSE among the detainees of Dar-Altaebat facility, a female’s detention facility in Khartoum, Sudan.
Methods: a cross-sectional study conducted at Dar-Altaebat a female imprisonment facility in Khartoum, Sudan. 354 participants were randomly selected from the total population of the facility. Data was collected using a self-administered structured questionnaire, which was composed of socio-demographic section, knowledge section, attitude section, and breast self-examination section. Data was analyzed using statistical package for social sciences(SPSS) software.
Results: 330 participants responded to the questionnaire, their mean age was (31, SD: 11.2) years, 126(38.2%) of them were illiterate, 196(59.4%) were married, and the majority of them 177(76.3%) were housewives. their overall knowledge score revealed that 185(56.2%) of them had poor knowledge about breast cancer. 218(66.3%) of them had poor knowledge about breast self-examination, however 314(95.3%) thought that it was important. 315(95.5%) of the participants had poor practice towards breast self-examination.
Conclusion: poor levels of knowledge about breast cancer were reported among the detainees. Additionally, their level of knowledge and practice of breast self-examination was also low, thus more health education campaigns are recommended in such facilities.
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