Breast cancer in women is a major health burden both in developed and developing countries. It is the second leading cause of death in women worldwide as well as in Egypt.
The aim of this study was to assess the effect of implementing breast cancer and early detection measures ‘ awareness program among women working in Talkha Cement Factory on their knowledge, attitude regarding breast cancer and practicing breast self examination.
A quasi experimental research study was conducted, A total of 122 women who accept to participate voluntary and gave consent were recruited, two tools were used pre/ post program intervention
The majority of women had lack of knowledge regarding breast cancer and early detection measures. After program implementation, a remarkable improvement in women’ knowledge, attitude regarding breast cancer and practicing breast self examination was observed. The differences were statistically significant (p= > 0.01)
Implementing breast cancer and early detection measures ‘ awareness program among these group of women showed a significant impact in the form of remarkable increase in their level of knowledge, acquisition of ultimate positive attitude regarding breast cancer and improvement in practicing breast self examination.breast cancer and early detection measures ‘awareness program should be adopted as an element of the services offered to the working female.
All channels of the national mass media should emphasize the importance of creating positive attitudes toward breast cancer and early detection measures program
Further studies should be undertaken to investigate factors that hinder practicing breast self examination
Keywords: Breast Cancer - Early Detection Measures - Awareness Program – Knowledge - Attitude - Breast Self Examination - Egypt