PURPOSE: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. Educative and awareness programs do impact early practices of breast self- examination resulting in early detection of cancer and thereby decreasing mortality. The study aimed to assess the level of knowledge and awareness of breast cancer and breast self- examination among medical and nursing students in Oman and to compare the knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students after the training program. METHODS: This is a quasi-experimental study that was carried out for medical students from in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science & Technology, Oman and nursing students in the Oman College of Health Sciences and the Al Bathina Nursing institute in November 2019. The pre-test questionnaire was given before the training program and a post-test questionnaire was administered after the training program. Knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students on breast cancer and breast self-examination were compared. RESULTS: Pre-test and post-test were collected from 170 students -90 students from medical, and 80 students from nursing schools. A significant improvement was observed in the post-test scores for knowledge on, attitude towards, and skills of students after the intervention (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: An educational training program on breast cancer and breast examination with emphasis on skills can motivate the participants to perform breast self- examination regularly. Therefore, it may help students to train target women for the early detection of breast cancer.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Journal of educational evaluation for health professions|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Professions(all)