Dewal, Lori
March 2006
American Journal of Health Studies;2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1/2, p28
Academic Journal
Certified athletic trainers have an opportunity to educate male and female athletes about testicular and breast cancer and the self-examination techniques that can help detect cancer in its earliest stages, while providing today's student-athletes with the lifetime health care prevention techniques of BSE and TSE. The purpose of this study was to survey certified athletic trainers (ATC's) on the topic of testicular and breast cancer, the self-examination techniques, and the conveyance of this information to athletes. Three hundred ATC's working in the intercollegiate setting were mailed a survey that was developed to acquire their knowledge regarding breast and testicular cancer and self-examination practices. The results found that ATC's are knowledgeable about the age at which females are most susceptible to breast cancer, however, they are less knowledgeable about the age at which males are most susceptible to testicular cancer. The ATC's, as a group, were generally familiar with the risk factors, prevention, and self-examination techniques of breast cancer, but, less familiar with those of testicular cancer. The ATC's did not teach their female athletes about breast cancer; about reproductive system cancer; or about breast self-examination techniques. A lack of educating male athletes about testicular self-examination techniques and cancer education was also found. The conclusions of this study are that ATC's need to become more involved in breast and testicular cancer education and both primary and secondary prevention.


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