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2022, vol. 6, iss. 10, pp. 11-16
Breast cancer-assessment of health literacy in the student population abstract
Akademija strukovnih studija Beograd, odsek Visoka zdravstvena škola, Beograd

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Abstract
Introduction: Breast cancer remains as public health dilemma worldwide and is currently the most common tumor in the world. Breast cancer awareness, public attention, and advances in breast imaging have had a positive impact on breast cancer recognition and screening. Breast cancer is a life-threatening disease in women and the leading cause of death among the female population. Over the past two decades, studies on breast cancer have led to astonishing advances in our understanding of breast cancer, resulting in further professional treatments. Among all malignant diseases, breast cancer is considered one of the leading causes of death in postmenopausal women and accounts for 23% of all cancer deaths. Objective: This research aimed to assess the health literacy of students of the Higher School of Vocational Studies in Belgrade with a focus on breast cancer Method: The cross-section survey was conducted in the population of female students. The survey was conducted on a random sample N-100. A purpose-built questionnaire was used, which was obtained by refining the Questionnaire for the assessment of health literacy in the student population. Results: Based on data from 55% of respondents, when asked which age group is at increased risk for breast cancer, answered that is 40 to 50 years, 23% that the risk is 30 to 40 years, 21 % over 50 years, and only 1 respondent answered that the major risk of developing breast cancer is form 20 to 30 years. When asked if a person can have breast cancer without any problems, 81% of respondents answered yes, 12% that they are not sure and 6% of respondents answered no. Conclusion: Student health literacy is important because it represents the capacity to receive, understand and interpret information and services related to health, health insurance and treatment, in order to manage their own needs in the health system. Assessment of the level of health literacy of students in relation to the knowledge and understanding of information stated that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, shows that the vast majority of respondents (80%) have an adequate level of literacy.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Paper
DOI: 10.5937/SESTRVIZ2210011V
received: 20/03/2022
revised: 03/04/2022
accepted: 10/04/2022
published in SCIndeks: 20/05/2022

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