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Prevalence of Cyclic Mastalgia Among University Students in Sudan
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Volume 2, 2015
Issue 4 (August)
Pages: 59-62   |   Vol. 2, No. 4, August 2015   |   Follow on         
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Authors
[1]
Hussein Abdalla M. Ali, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Sudan International University, Khartoum, Sudan.
[2]
Awad Ali M. Alawad, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan.
[3]
Ahmed Abd Elrahman Abdalla, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Wad Madani, Sudan.
Abstract
Background:Cyclic mastalgia is a common breast condition among women worldwide. While the prevalence is known in the Western world, it is unknown in many African countries. Objectives:To determine the prevalence and factors associated with cyclic mastalgia among medical students in Sudan International University, Khartoum, Sudan. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive facility based study was conducted at Sudan International University. All female medical students were included in the study. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect the data after Ethical approval was obtained and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 20.Results:A total number of 419 students were included in the study but only 353 returned the questionnaire among which only 305 were valid (response rate of 84%).Ages range from 16 to 36 years with mean 20.05years. The prevalence of cyclic mastalgia among the female medical student was 55%. Regularity of the cycle and age at menarche were found to have no significance difference (p = 0.565 and 0.260 respectively) in relation to cyclic mastalgia. For the majority, pain lasted only 1 to 2 days per month; 63 (40%) reported longer durations. Sixty four of the female students (16.1%) reported that mastalgia interfered with their daily activities. Conclusion: Cyclicmastalgia is a common condition among female University students. The early onset mastalgia in this study requires further exploration for determination of its risk factors.
Keywords
Cyclic Mastalgia, University Students, Prevalence
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