Breast cancer is probably the most feared cancer in women because of its Frequency and psychosocial impact. Studies have proven that breast self examination is very effective method in early detection of breast cancer. Planned teaching program is one of the most effective teaching strategies, which can be used for improving the knowledge and skill of people. The objectives of the study were to:- to assess the pretest knowledge score regarding B.S.E. among the nursing students, to assess the post test knowledge regarding B.S.E. among the nursing students, to evaluate the effectiveness of planned teaching program on knowledge regarding B.S.E. among the nursing students and to find out the association of knowledge with selected demographic variables. A quantitative research approaches with Quasi-experimental: one group pre-test, post-test design was used for the study. The sample consisted of 50 nursing students who were selected using stratified proportionate random sampling technique. Pre test was administered by using structured knowledge questionnaire and planned teaching program was given on the same day. On eighth day post test was conducted. The collected data was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. The mean post test knowledge score of the students (30.98) was higher than mean pretest knowledge score (15.66). Also mean scores were higher in all the areas in post test. There was a significant difference between the mean post test and pre test knowledge scores [t (49) = -43.572]. Hence, it was concluded PTP was effective teaching in improving knowledge of nursing students regarding BSE.
Breast cancer, Breast self examination, knowledge, PTP, Nursing students.