KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARD BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION AMONG YOUNG ADULT NURSING STUDENTS IN A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA

Authors

  • Norazilah Khalip Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Cheras Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Khairil Anuar Mohd Isa Management Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM), Selangor, Malaysia
  • Norizan Masri Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Cheras Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Haliza Abdul Rahman Nursing Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM), Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nooraziah Jalil Sungai Buloh Allied Health Science College, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Siti Zuhaida Hussein Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Cheras Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Suraya Hanim Abu Bakar Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Cheras Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31674/mjn.2021.v13i02.004

Abstract

This study aims to identify the knowledge and attitude towards breast self-examination among undergraduate nursing students in the public university at Peninsular Malaysia. The method used in the study is a cross-sectional descriptive study that was conducted among 188 undergraduate students studied in a public university at Peninsular Malaysia. The level of knowledge and attitude of breast self-examination (BSE) measured using self-administered questionnaires. All data were analyzed using SPSS Statistics 23.0 for Windows. The result of the study showed 33% of respondents had experienced BSE. 79.3% of respondents have good knowledge of cancer breast and BSE. 86.7% of respondents know about BSE and 35.1% of respondents had a positive attitude towards BSE. The educational level was found to have a significant relationship with an overall knowledge of breast cancer and BSE (p >0.001), and attitude towards BSE (p >0.001) and breast self-examination experienced (p >0.001). In conclusion, nursing students had good knowledge of breast cancer but they had not experienced BSE and have a negative attitude in practising BSE. An intervention should be designed to enhance nursing students’ proficiency in performing BSE.

Keywords:

Knowledge, Attitude, Breast Self Examination (BSE), Nursing Students

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Published

2021-10-01

How to Cite

Norazilah Khalip, Khairil Anuar Mohd Isa, Norizan Masri, Haliza Abdul Rahman, Nooraziah Jalil, Siti Zuhaida Hussein, & Suraya Hanim Abu Bakar. (2021). KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARD BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION AMONG YOUNG ADULT NURSING STUDENTS IN A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing (MJN), 13(2), 16-21. https://doi.org/10.31674/mjn.2021.v13i02.004