Breast cancer is the primary cause of cancer mortality, worldwide, and in Indonesian women. Late stage cancer is an important predictor of cancer mortality. Breast self-examination (BSE) is recommended as a way to potentially allow for early detection of any breast anomalies. A previous study found that only 39.5% of nurses reported practicing BSE on a regular monthly basis. Cancer-related stigma among non-cancer patients is an important predictor of cancer screening. This study aimed to identify the relationship between cancer stigma and BSE among nurses. The study applied a cross-sectional analytic design. A total of 88 nurses were selected via random sampling. The Chi-square test was used to analyze the data. The results showed that there is a significant association between cancer stigma and BSE among nurses (p < 0.001; α ≤ 0.05). This finding implies that cancer stigma among nurses needs to be minimized to increase adherence to BSE. Programs for reducing cancer stigma can improve adherence to breast cancer screening methods.
- Breast self-examination (BSE)