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Thearticle highlights the reasons why patients suffering from BreastCancer should examine themselves. From the article, it is evidentthat young women who have suffered from cancer have a highpossibility of contracting breast cancer at a later stage in theirlives. The article has further outlined why breast examination is notrecommended for patients suffering from breast cancer. This isbecause there is no scientific fact to prove that indeed breastself-examination helps in the elimination of this illness. Thearticle further highlights that young women who suffer from cancerhave a low likelihood of seeking further medical intervention afterbeing treated. This implies that most of them get breast cancer. Thestudy documents that Breast Self-examination is more likely to happenin patients who have survived diseases such as lymphoma and leukemia.The article evaluates the need for intervention from medicalpractitioners in order to ensure that young female survivors ofcancer go for breast self-examination. The authors present thechallenges faced when collecting secondary data from participants.Unlike other forms of data collection like primary collection ofdata, secondary data collection and analysis is quite challenging(Cox et al, 2008).

Thereare various methods in which Secondary data can be analyzed. Whileanalyzing secondary data, it essential to ensure that the assumptionsof the study are related to the technique of data analysis selected(Cox et al, 2008). The various techniques that can be used in theanalysis of Secondary data include univariate method, bivariate, aswell as multivariate. Univariate analysis entails the evaluation ofsecondary data that is comprised of only a single variable. On theother hand, bivariate analysis entails the analysis of data whenthere are several variables involved. In multivariate analysis, thereis use of several statistical methods in analyzing the datacollected.


Cox,C. L., Montgomery, M., Rai, S., McLaughlin, R., Steen, B., D. andHudson, M. M. (2008). Supporting Breast Self-Examination in FemaleChildhood Cancer Survivors: A Secondary Analysis of a BehavioralIntervention. OncologyNursing Forum 35(3),423-430.