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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Abstract

MATOS, Jéssica Carvalho de; PELLOSO, Sandra Marisa  and  CARVALHO, Maria Dalva de Barros. Prevalence of risk factors for breast neoplasm in the city of Maringá, Paraná state, Brazil. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.3, pp. 352-359. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692010000300009.

The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of the risk factors for breast cancer among women between 40 and 69 years old in the city of Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil. An analytical, exploratory and cross-sectional study was carried out through a population research at homes in Maringá. The sample was composed of 439 women between 40 and 69 years old. The data were collected by home interviews, stored using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software and presented in tables as absolute and relative frequency. The predominant ethnical group was Caucasian with an average age of 52 years. Among risk factors identified in the present study, an expressive number of overweight women were found. It is important and necessary to put in practice actions that identify the modifiable risk factors for the development of breast tumors in order to reduce morbidity and mortality levels due to this pathology.

Keywords : Breast Neoplasms; Risk Factors; Prevalence.

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