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Breast education for schoolgirls; why, what, when and how?

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Schools are fundamental settings for health education and adolescent females are an important group for promoting positive breast habits. We surveyed 2089 schoolgirls (11-18 years) to provide evidence for, and guidance on, breast education for schoolgirls. 26% reported negative feelings about their breasts and 87% reported ≥ one breast concern. 72% wanted to know more about breast cancer (69% rating this extremely important). >50% wanted to know more about breast sag and breast pain. Preferred delivery format was age eleven (50%), girls only taught sessions (41%) with female teachers (43%). A need for breast education and delivery preferences was identified.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Breast Journal
Early online date15 Nov 2017
Publication statusEarly online - 15 Nov 2017


  • Breast education for schoolgirls. Why, what, when and how

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Brown N, Smith J, Brasher A, Risius D, Marczyk A, Wakefield-Scurr J. Breast education for schoolgirls; why, what, when, and how?. Breast J. 2017;00:1–6, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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