Knowledge, attitude, and experience of cervical cancer and screening among Sub-saharan African female students in a UK University

Ogbonna, Faith S. (2017) Knowledge, attitude, and experience of cervical cancer and screening among Sub-saharan African female students in a UK University. Annals of African Medicine, 16 (1). pp. 18-23. ISSN 0975-5764

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Background: Cervical cancer is one of the major diseases that affect women of child bearing age. Its main cause is the human papilloma virus; although, other associated factors have been evidenced to increase its risk. Pap-smear screening and vaccination which has been shown to be successful in reducing the incidence and prevalence of the disease in developed countries, has been neglected in developing countries due to lack of knowledge, misconceptions, and cultural beliefs. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study involving only female Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) students in a UK university setting. Results: One hundred and eighty-six (42%) African female students were recruited from the 442 SSA students attending one of the major Universities in the UK. Seventy-one (38.2%) of the students were aware of cervical screening, but only 20 (10.8%) reported having knowledge of cervical cancer. A small percentage of about 26.9% (50 Students) were already part of this screening program; although, 81 (43.5%) showed willingness to participate in future screening programs. More so, it was evident that student's perception was dependent on their experience of the disease (P = 000) just as their participation in screening program was dependent on their awareness level (P ≤ 0.01). Conclusion: Female African students from the SSA region have poor knowledge of the disease which influenced their attitude toward screening. More needs to be carried out to increase awareness and uptake of screening within the school environment as university setting provides a viable platform to promote healthy behavior.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Awareness, Cervical cancer, Cervical screening, Human Papilloma Virus, Sub-Saharan African
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Medical Science (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Miss Faith. S Ogbonna
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 16:08
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:59

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