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Urol Oncol. 2013 Apr;31(3):386-91. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2011.01.020. Epub 2011 Mar 23.

Public awareness of testicular cancer and self-examination in Turkey: a multicenter study of Turkish Urooncology Society.

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Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Urology, Ankara, Turkey. Kuzgunbay33@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Testicular self-examination is the easiest and cheapest way to scan testicular cancer. However, the public awareness about testicular self-examination is very low. We aimed to investigate the public awareness of Turkish people about testicular cancer and testicular self-examination.

METHODS:

We performed a survey consisting of 10 questions concerning testicular cancer and testicular self-examination in 799 students in the first year of 12 different medical schools. Aiming for a common method of data collection, the questionnaires were administered to the students during a class just before the lesson started. The whole data from all of the centers were pooled in a common data-base file.

RESULTS:

Eighty-nine (11.1%) of the participants reported that they had knowledge about testicular cancer, but only 11 (1.4%) of them answered all the questions about testicular cancer correctly. Eight (1%) of the participants reported that they had been performing testicular self-examination routinely once a month. Four (0.5%) of them were both well informed about testicular cancer and had been performing testicular self-examination once a month as suggested.

CONCLUSION:

The present study showed that awareness on testicular cancer and testicular self-examination is very low and suggests a need for efforts in Turkey to increase public awareness and education.

PMID:
21429771
DOI:
10.1016/j.urolonc.2011.01.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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