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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X

Abstract

VILLACRES VELA, Karina  and  ALARCON-ROZAS, Ashley Efrain. Estudio Piloto sobre actitudes preventivas para cáncer de mama en Mujeres de Sullana. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2002, vol.13, n.4, pp.131-134. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objectives: To know the preventive behavior for breast cancer through breast autoexam and mammograms in women older than 20 years in Sullana - Piura. Patients and Methods: We gathered 100 women older than 20 years through a writed interview, we randomized three groups according to the socioeconomic level, the data was analyzed by Epi-Info program. Results: The median age was between 30-34 years, 58% of women have 2-5 children, 6% are nuliparous, just 16% of women older than 40 years had sometime a mammogram, and 7% have annual mammogram. 57% never have done a breast auto exam, 56% know the utility of autoexam, 43% know the technique but only 8% practice the auto exam with the adequate frequency. Discussion: More than a half of this population never have done an autoexam, and in spite of 56% know the utility of the breast autoexam just 8% did it, this is probably due to the lack of information and what is the real impact of the breast cancer; on the other hand just 7% of women older than 40 years have an annual mammogram, it results because of the lack of mammography in Sullana, this city has 56500 women in reproductive age, so we conclude that this population need more informative campaigns and to offer mammograms to this women. (Rev Med Hered 2002; 13:131-134 ).

Keywords : Preventive behavior; breast cancer.

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