Improvement of Awareness and Knowledge in Breast Cancer Using Online Learning
Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among women in Malaysia, accounting to 32.1% of all cancer among women. Preventive activities of breast health especially mammogram screening was found to be effective in reducing the mortality and morbidities related to breast cancer. . However, the number of people who come for screening is still unsatisfactory. Many patients come in advanced stage of breast cancer attributed by lack of awareness and knowledge of the disease. The aim of this study was to introduce a multimodality online course on breast cancer and its screening; and to measure its effectiveness in providing the awareness and knowledge in breast cancer. Methodology: An online course was designed incorporating essential knowledge regarding breast cancer and its screening. Group sampling was done to sample 30 undergraduate students. Knowledge and awareness on breast cancer and its screening was measured using a validated questionnaire pre and post exposure to the online course. Results: There was significant difference in Pre- &Post-exposure test knowledge (p<0.001; CI 3.4, 9.2, t=4.74). Conclusion: Multimodality online learning is a useful tool to increase awareness and knowledge regarding breast cancer.
Keywords: Breast cancer, online learning, online course, multimodality, Malaysia