Ginjinder Kaur, Manroop Kaur and Manpreet Kaur

Department of Human Genetics, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002 (India)


Fibroadenoma of the breast is the most common non-cancerous breast lump in young female population.Fibroadenomas are the most common breast diseases in adolescents. The overall incidence of fibroadenoma is 2.2% in the total population and it is more common in urban females as compared to rural females.For the present study, data was collected from 300 women (100 unmarried pre-menopausal, 100 married pre-menopausal and 100 married postmenopausal) of Anandpur Sahib,Rupnagar, Punjab, in order to evaluate the general awareness regarding fibroadenoma among them.There were statistically significant differences among three groups of females with respect to awareness about fibroadenoma, awareness about the effect of menopause, awareness of fibroadenoma during pregnancy and awareness about higher vulnerability of fibroadenoma during pregnancy. Majority of the population was unaware about the risk factors associated with fibroadenoma.The present study illustrated lack of knowledge among the studied population. The studied subjects were unaware about the various risk factors of fibroadenoma such as effect of body fat, effect of pregnancy and use of oral contraceptives. The study concluded that there is a need to aware the population about the various risk factors and symptoms of fibroadenoma.

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