Interventions for raising breast cancer awareness in women.

Authors: O'Mahony M, Comber H, Fitzgerald T, Corrigan MA, Fitzgerald E, Grunfeld EA, Flynn MG, & Hegarty J.

Source: Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Feb 10;2:CD011396. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011396.pub2.

Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women globally. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are key to better outcomes. Since many women will discover a breast cancer symptom themselves, it is important that they are breast cancer aware i.e. have the knowledge, skills and confidence to detect breast changes and present promptly to a healthcare professional.

Based on the results of two RCTs, a brief intervention has the potential to increase women’s breast cancer awareness. However, findings of this review should be interpreted with caution as GRADE assessment identified moderate-quality evidence in only one of the two studies reviewed. Further studies including larger samples, validated outcome measures and longitudinal approaches are warranted.

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