Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 3
Cancer Related Knowledge and Cancer Prevention Behaviors of Female Students of a Boarding High School
Mine Bekar1,Funda Evcili2,İlknur Bilgin1
1Sivas Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi, Ebelik Bölümü, Sivas, Türkiye
2Sivas Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi, Çocuk Gelişimi ve Gençlik Hizmetleri, Sivas, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.286 Objective: The simplest and most effective way to prevent cancer is to have the necessary knowledge and behaviors about healthy life. The best time to gain knowledge and behavior changes is the youth period. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of "training to increase cancer knowledge and cancer prevention behaviors" on female students of a boarding high school.

Methods: This pre-posttest intervention research has a sample consisted of 410 female students. After the pre-test, students were given training for 3 weeks (12 hours). After a month of training, the post-test was applied to the students.

Results: The mean age of the students was found to be 15.4±0.62. 19.5% of the students have a relative who has a cancer diagnosis in the family. It was determined that 12% of the students didn"t receive knowledge of protection/prevention from cancer and cancer symptoms. 58% of the students find their knowledge to be "insufficient". After the training program, students" knowledge score mean and healthy lifestyle behaviors increased (p<0.05).

Conclusion: To ensure that young people are protected from cancer, their knowledge of cancer needs to be increased. Transformation of the learned information into healthy life behaviors is an important component of this process. Health professionals provide important contributions to the society in increasing the knowledge level for cancers and gaining healthy living behaviors. Keywords : Cancer, knowledge, behavior, education, prevention