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Table 2 Percentage (%) of correct answers of the true and false knowledge statements in the pre- and post-tests

From: Home visits to improve breast health knowledge and screening practices in a less privileged area in Jordan

Knowledge statement Pre-test Post-test
Not revisited (n = 1770) Revisited (n = 593) Revisited (n = 593)
True (n = 11)    
Breast cancer can be cured 74 66 99*
The probability of the woman getting breast cancer increases at the age of 40 69 61 99*
Breast cancer cure rate depends on its stage at detection 81 76 99*
Breast feeding protects the woman from breast cancer 78 79 98*
There is an association between obesity and breast cancer 37 30 93*
When a woman feels any abnormal changes in her breasts she should go to see her doctor 95 97* 100**
Practicing a monthly BSE helps the woman to notice any abnormal changes in the breast 92 92* 100**
A woman is advised to practice a monthly SBE starting from age 20 74 70 99*
During breast self-examination you need to examine the underarm 79 73 99*
All women are advised to seek clinical breast examination starting from age of 20 67 60 99*
A woman is advised to do a mammogram once every one or two years starting from the age 40 86 86 99*
False (n = 5)    
All breast lumps are cancer 83 79 98*
All nipples secretions are normal regardless of the colour 77 77 99*
Breast cancer is always associated with pain 56 60 94*
Getting breast cancer means mastectomy 51 55 93*
Early detection examinations are recommended only for married women 87 79 98*
  1. *The percentage of correct answers increased significantly between the pre-test and the post-test for 14 statements (p < 0.001). **These two statements had high percentage of correct answers in both the pre- and the post-tests.