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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017, 5(5), 147-153
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-5-5-2
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Survey on Knowledge and Attitudes Related to the Relationship between Smoking, Alcohol, Radiation, Cosmetics Use and Risk of Breast Cancer in the Northern Saudi Arabia

Fayez Saud Alreshidi1, Ibrahim A. Bin ahmed2, Saleh Hadi Alharbi2, Sami Awejan Alrashedi1, Ali Ghannam Alrashidi1, Kalaf Jaze Kalaf Alshammeri1 and Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed1,

1College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

2Faculty of Medicine, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, KSA

Pub. Date: October 14, 2017

Cite this paper:
Fayez Saud Alreshidi, Ibrahim A. Bin ahmed, Saleh Hadi Alharbi, Sami Awejan Alrashedi, Ali Ghannam Alrashidi, Kalaf Jaze Kalaf Alshammeri and Hussain Gadelkarim Ahmed. Survey on Knowledge and Attitudes Related to the Relationship between Smoking, Alcohol, Radiation, Cosmetics Use and Risk of Breast Cancer in the Northern Saudi Arabia. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017; 5(5):147-153. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-5-5-2


Background: Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths in females worldwide. Increased Knowledge about breast cancer associated risk factors will prevent a number of people from getting the disease. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge and attitudes related to the relationship between smoking, alcohol, radiation, cosmetics use and risk of breast cancer in the Northern Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This is a descriptive cross sectional study conducted in Northern Saudi Arabia. Essential identification data about smoking, alcohol, radiation, cosmetics use as risk for breast cancer were took from 555 Saudi volunteers living in the city of Hail, Saudi Arabia. Results: When asking the participants the question “Do you think tobacco smoking can increase the risk of breast cancer?” Out of 549 respondents, 23.7% stated yes and the remaining 76.3% stated that smoking doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer. When the participants were asked “Do you think exposure to radiation increase the risk of breast cancer?” Out of 549 respondents, only 15.5% stated yes and the remaining 84.5% stated that radiation exposure doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer. When the participants were asked “Do you think exposure to some cosmetics usage increase the risk of breast cancer?” Out of 547 respondents, about 62.7% stated yes and the remaining 37.3% stated that cosmetic use doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer. Conclusion: Although, the great majority of study population were females, the knowledge level of breast cancer risk related to cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and radiation exposure is very low.

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