Mona Mohammed; Ammar Hassan; Dania Izzeldin; Elham Haj Rahma (2009). Evaluation of Lifestyle as a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer in a Panel Sudanese Females Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. School of Health Sciences, Ahfad University for Women. Omdurman

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Breast cancer is the most widespread type of cancer among Sudanese women. Some factors other than established ones can influence breast cancer risk, such as dietary and exercise habits; these factors are modifiable. By changing these aspects of their life, people may reduce risk of cancer.

This is a descriptive case-control study which was conducted in Radiation and Isotopes Center Khartoum (RICK) and Omdurman Maternity Hospital in 2008. The study aimed to evaluate the lifestyle of breast cancer patients among Sudanese females who attended Radiation and Isotopes Center of Khartoum.

The samples were randomly selected from both study areas. It consisted of 150 women divided into two groups; one of them was a control group (50), whereas the other was a case group (100). Data were analyzed by using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS). The results were presented in tables of frequency, percentage and diagrams.

The results showed a statistical significant association (P-value [less than or equal to] 0.05 at 95% confidence) between breast cancer and factors such as HSB (health seeking behavior), age, origin, level of education, occupation, working hours, age at marriage, age at first pregnancy, number of years between pregnancies, menopause, family history of breast cancer, taking uncooked foods and exposure to chest X-Ray (Radiation). …