18Feb 2017

Knowledge, attitude and practices of Saudi Men towards testicular cancer and testicular self-examination in The Western Region of Saudi Arabia.

  • Batterjee Medical College.
  • Urologist, Umm Al-Qura University.
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Background: Since early detection is the key for a better prognosis in different types of malignancies, this paper was conducted to determine the level of knowledge, attitude and practice of testicular cancer and testicular self-examination among the population in the western region of Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in March 2016 at King Abdullah Sports City and Red Sea Mall Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where 1600 male subjects aging 15 and above were interviewed, and the data were collected using a questionnaire. Results: It was determined in this study that knowledge level about TC is extremely insufficient where 61.36% reported lack of knowledge about TC. It also showed how lack of awareness of TSE and poor health education can reflect on the knowledge and practice of TSE where only 16.88% were educated. Conclusion: it is highly recommended to encourage and promote health education programs among the public regarding how common TC is in young males, as well as focus on the importance of practicing TSE regularly. It is also recommended that health care professionals should educate and periodically evaluate the role of such practices when it comes to early detection and better management of TC.

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[Maha Shangab, Hossam Alnowahi, Mohammed Talal Al-Nazzawi, Aabed Alguraigari and Abdul aziz Baazeem. (2017); Knowledge, attitude and practices of Saudi Men towards testicular cancer and testicular self-examination in The Western Region of Saudi Arabia. Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (2). 1-6] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

Maha Shangab
Batterjee Medical Collage


Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/3108       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/3108

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