Selbstuntersuchung von Hoden und Brust – eine retrospektive Kohortenstudie an Medizinstudierenden

Translated title of the contribution: Testicular and breast self-examination—a retrospective cohort study of medical students

Matthias Jahnen, Lorenz Dichtl, Nora Stirenberg, Andreas Dinkel, Stefan Schiele, Helga Schulwitz, Jürgen E. Gschwend, Kathleen Herkommer

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Abstract

Background: Regular self-examination can facilitate early detection of testicular cancer and malignancies of the breast and may ensure a curative treatment. In this analysis we explored the tendencies of medical students to perform self-examination and associated factors. Methods: As part of their urology rotation, medical students of the Technical University of Munich were surveyed via questionnaires regarding their health and sexual behavior. In all, 98.8% of the students participated and data from 473 of 477 students were included in this analysis. Data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate regression analysis. Results: In all, 64.2% (n = 177) of the male students and 72.3% (n = 296) of the female students performed regular self-examination of the testis and breast, respectively. Students who did not communicate with their partners or friends about their sex lives were less likely to preform regular self-examination (p < 0.05). Male students without sexual intercourse in the 4 weeks prior to the survey and female students who did not masturbate in the 4 weeks prior to the survey were also less likely to preform regular self-examination (p < 0.05). Discussion: The rate of regular self-examination is high in medical students compared to previous studies on young adults and non-medical students. This shows that knowledge about the significance of testicular cancer and breast cancer are fundamental for promoting self-examination in teenagers and young adults. A distressed sex life might hinder young adults in preforming regular self-examination. Therefore, improved education about the significance of testicular cancer and routine urological consultations for male teenagers and young men are ways to promote testicular self-examination within this age group.

Translated title of the contributionTesticular and breast self-examination—a retrospective cohort study of medical students
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)901-909
Number of pages9
JournalUrologe - Ausgabe A
Volume60
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

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