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Table 2 Participants correct knowledge of risk factors and awareness of breast cancer

From: Knowledge of risk factors, beliefs and practices of female healthcare professionals towards breast cancer in a tertiary institution in Lagos, Nigeria

Variable Doctors(n = 45)
Number(%)
Nurses(n = 141)
Number(%)
Others*(n = 21)
Number(%)
p-value
Risk factors     
Risk factors Increasing age 43(95.6) 121(85.8) 18(85.7) 0.091
Positive family history of breast cancer 39(86.7) 82(58.2) 12(57.1) 0.002
First childbirth at the age of ≥ 30 years 26(57.8) 19(13.5) 3(14.3) < 0.001
Nulliparity 33(73.3) 18(12.8) 3(14.3) < 0.001
Early menarche at the age of ≤ 12 years 33(73.3) 6(4.3) 2(9.5) < 0.001
Late menopause at the age of ≥ 55 years 31(68.8) 8(5.7) 3(14.3) < 0.001
History of previous benign breast lump 34(90.4) 92(65.2) 10(47.6) 0.115
Current use of oral contraceptive pills 36(80) 119(84.4) 14(66.7) 0.224
Awareness     
Aware of BSE 45(100) 139(98.6) 21(100) 0.623
Aware of CBE 38(84.4) 127(90.1) 17(81) 0.352
Aware of mammography 42(93.3) 130(92.2) 16(76.2) 0.48
Routine breast cancer screening is necessary for women > 40 years 43(95.6) 128(90.8) 18(85.5) 0.571
Breast cancer is a major health problem in Nigeria 39(86.7) 126(89.4) 16(76.2) 0.35
There is sufficient breast cancer awareness in Nigeria 4(8.9) 37(33.3) 4(19) < 0.001
  1. Others* = Pharmacists, Laboratory scientists and Physiotherapists.