Disabled women's knowledge of breast cancer and self examination: an educational strategy


  • Inacia Sátiro Xavier de França
  • Cibely Freire de Oliveira
  • Giovanna Karinny Pereira Cruz
  • Alexsandro Silva Coura
  • Bertha Cruz Enders


Public Health Nursing, Breast Neoplasms, Disabled Persons, Breast Self-Examination.


The objective of the study was to identify the knowledge that physically disabled women have about breast cancer and self examination. An action research study with a non-probability sample composed of 15 women enrolled in the Association of Disabled Persons of the Compartment of Borborema, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil, using Questionnaires I and II, an educational folder, and a breast demonstration kit. This study was conducted in three stages: application of Questionnaire I; implementation of the educational intervention; and the post-intervention application of Questionnaire II. In the analysis of thematic content categories identified were: Disabled women’s needs for breast cancer information, beliefs and myths related to the origin of breast cancer, and self-care deficit related to the early detection of breast cancer. The educational activities enabled women to learn about breast cancer and to demonstrate interest in acquiring proactive attitudes for well-being.



How to Cite

França, I. S. X. de, Oliveira, C. F. de, Cruz, G. K. P., Coura, A. S., & Enders, B. C. (2012). Disabled women’s knowledge of breast cancer and self examination: an educational strategy. Rev Rene, 13(4). Retrieved from http://periodicos.ufc.br/rene/article/view/4030



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