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Breast awareness: how to self-examine your breasts

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We need to pay more attention to women’s health and help prevent the development of non-transmittable diseases, such as cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women as well as the most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Breast cancer is a disease that usually occurs in women, but approximately 1 percent of breast cancers occur in men, too. It has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer. By 2040, the incidence rate of breast cancer will increase by more than one-third, and, in reality, this means more than 3 million new cases, each year.

What you’ll learn?

You will learn more about the prevention of breast cancer and why it is important to get to know your own body and breasts. In this course, you will increase your own awareness of your body and learn why it is important to do regular self-examinations of your breasts. You’ll also learn how to do a self-examination of your breasts.

Who is your instructor?

Your instructor is Tuulia Litmanen. She holds a degree in Nursing Science and specialised in teacher training in health sciences. Tuulia is interested in promoting the health of people of all ages.

What’s in the course?

In part 1, you’ll go through the course introduction, and there will be a short pre-test about your own existing knowledge.
In part 2, you’ll go through the theory of breast self-examination and why it is important. You’ll learn more about the different risk factors for breast cancer and how your lifestyle can play an important role.
In part 3, we will practice breast self-examination together, and there will be a short quiz to see what you have learnt.
Work your way through all the course material in the order that it is displayed on the page. This way you will start with the basics and then move on to the more challenging topics. It should take you about 10 hours to complete this course.

How to pass?

To pass this course, you will need to complete all the course activities and get at least 75% of them correct. You will also need to give us some feedback at the end of the course.

Once all those parts are completed and we have received your feedback, we will check all everything is completed and prepare your certificate. Please be patient, as it might take us about a week to email your certificate to you.

Any questions?

We hope that you enjoy the course! If you have any questions about the course material, please do not hesitate to contact us at Edufication@xamk.fi. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

This course is produced by Exporting Expertise and Know-how from the South-Savo project. This project is implemented in cooperation between three educational institutions in the region (Xamk, Esedu, and SAMIedu). The project is funded by South Savo Regional Council from the European Regional Development Fund for the period 2019-2021. One of the goals of the project is to develop export cooperation between educational, research, and development organizations in the South Savo region.

Don’t forget to answer the course feedback at the end of the course to receive a certificate!