(Author: Baiq Rina Wulandari, S.ST., M.Keb, Lecturer of D3 Midwifery Study Programme, Alma Ata University )
D3 Midwifery Study Programme of Alma Ata – Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women in Indonesia. The increasing mortality rate due to breast cancer is partly because it is detected at an advanced stage. SADARI is a technique to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage. Breast self-examination should be started when women experience puberty. It is very necessary to find out as early as possible abnormalities and lumps in the breast so that treatment can be earlier and more appropriate. SADARI is more effective in women of young and productive age between 15-49 years since women of that age are at risk of breast cancer. However, women’s awareness is currently still very low towards the practice of SADARI, which accounts for only around 25-30% of the population. The low awareness of women is due to the lack of information and education about the importance of practising SADARI.
Students and lecturers of the D3 Midwifery Study Programme at Alma Ata University conducted community service on the Early SADARI of Adolescent Girls at SMAN 1 Prambanan Klaten. This activity was carried out on Monday, 4 September 2023 to teach female students about the importance of doing SADARI and teaching directly how to do the ir correctly. The lecturers involved in this community service are Mrs Baiq Rina Wulandari, S.ST., M.Keb, Mrs Restu Pangestuti, S.S.ST., MKM, and Mrs Muafiqoh Dwi Arini, S.ST., M.Sc., Ns-Mid., and students Destia Lovesta A.P.N, Laili Rahmah Azahrah and Zahrotul Humairoh.
The enthusiasm of students in education is very good. They pay attention and even some of them practice SADARI directly with a phantom. From the implementation of this activity, it is hoped that schoolgirls can carry out routine SADARI examinations so that the rate of breast cancer can be reduced.