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Prevalence of Cyclic Mastalgia Among University Students in Sudan
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Volume 2, 2015
Issue 4 (August)
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Hussein Abdalla M. Ali, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Sudan International University, Khartoum, Sudan.
Awad Ali M. Alawad, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan.
Ahmed Abd Elrahman Abdalla, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Wad Madani, Sudan.
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.
Cyclic Mastalgia, University Students, Prevalence
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