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Table 2 Attitude of the 166 respondents towards BSE

From: Knowledge, attitude and practice of breast self-examination among female undergraduate students in the University of Buea

Attitude Response Frequency %
You can find breast cancer by yourself Agree 98 59
Disagree 55 33.1
Unsure 13 7.8
You are afraid that you'll detect breast cancer Agree 44 26.5
Disagree 102 61.5
Unsure 20 12
Screening for abnormality of BSE is important and useful Agree 146 88
Disagree 4 2.4
Unsure 16 9.6
Publicity or campaigns motivate you to detect breast cancer by yourself Agree 136 81.9
Disagree 17 10.2
Unsure 13 7.8
BSE is a "disgraceful" practice in that other people see or touch the breast to detect breast Agree 23 13.9
Disagree 128 77.1
Unsure 15 9
Overall attitude towards BSE* High 57 34.3
Moderate 105 63.3
Low 4 2.4
Factors that influences the respondents to perform BSE Family history of breast cancer 3 1.8
Ordered by health personnel 25 15.1
Electronic or print media influence 19 11.4
Peer 21 12.7
Family 8 4.8
  1. *Attitude was scored on 20. High attitude was considered as score between 17 and 20; Moderate attitude, 10–16; and Low attitude, 0–9.