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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 108-111

Prevalence of mastalgia in young Indian females

1 Department of Research Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Prameya Wellness, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2394-2010.168368

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Introduction: Mastalgia is a common breast disorder with highly variable prevalence estimates ranging 41–79%. The prevalence in Indian young females is not much studied. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out on young female students aged 18–29 years from four different nursing colleges at Ramanagaram District, South India. After signing the informed consent, students filled up the basic details demographic data and specific breast history checklist. Results: The prevalence of mastalgia was 47.33% (354 out of 748), of which 88.70% (314) had cyclical mastalgia (CM) and 9.89% (35) had acyclic mastalgia (ACM). Students who had low body mass index (BMI) had higher risk for mastalgia as compared to those with normal BMI [relative risk (RR) = 1.063] or high BMI (RR = 1.685). Moderately stressed students were at higher (RR = 0.771) risk of mastalgia compared to those with low stress. Students with high stress levels were also at a higher (RR = 0.787) risk compared to those with low stress. Conclusions: The prevalence of mastalgia was 47.33% among 748 young females from four nursing colleges in Karnataka, India.

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