A prospective cohort follow-up study of knowledge, attitude and practice of breast cancer and breast self-examination in Rajasthan, India
Breast cancer has ranked number one cause of mortality globally. It is the second most common cancer among Indian women. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reported that in the metropolitan cities viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai; from 1982 to 2005 showed that the incidences of BC have doubled. In this study we analyzed some data, taken from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Respondents considered at base line data collection, were followed up after one month and responded to the same questionnaire. The data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) 16.0. To test the significance chi square test, Wilcoxon signed rank test and paired t test were adopted. In accordance with these tests results are shown and conclusion is made.
Discussion: As in case of chi square test KBLD, KAFU and PAFU are not significant, this result is leading us to conclude that variable under the caption knowledge are not known to the participants and even after education session participants are not getting those variables related to the disease. But a contradiction is also appeared as PBLD is found significant and PAFU (i.e data under head practice after follow up) is found non-significant. Whereas according to Wilcoxon Sign Rank Test, data under Knowledge attitude towards BSE and Practice showed a non-significant difference showing that education session did not gave its fruitfulness. Results for paired t test were same as Wilcoxon Sign Rank Test. We may say that more education sessions are required to put knowledge of those variables in participants mind.