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Cancer Awareness among Non-medical University Students in Sudan

Author(s): Shereen Ahmed A Qalawa | Magda Aly Mohamed | Rashida Abdelfatah M Eltayb

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Research
ISSN 2320-5407

Volume: 1;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 93;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: cancer | awareness | university | students | Sudan

Background: Cancer is now the second leading cause of death, after cardiovascular world wide, approximately 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually and more than 6 million die of the disease every year . Through early education and widened community awareness, modifiable risk factors could be ameliorated to decrease the population’s lifetime risk and some studies have shown that, despite the scientific evidence, the public is not well informed about the link between cancer and lifestyle and other cause that there are many factors that make population risk full for getting cancer Objective: The aim of the present study is to determine the extent of knowledge and preventive measures of cancer among adolescent groups, aged 17 to 23 , residing in Sudan on the .Subject and methods: descriptive research design was used included 277 non- medical university students from (El- Khartoum State) in Sudan . Data were collected through using one tool contains 4 main parts based on literature review & modified tool from Zyoud et al ,2010 . Results: The study revealed significant Relation between knowledge level regarding cancer risk factors scores with marital , the most of students aware with risk factors and warning signs of cancer and there are satisfactory total knowledge scores of studied cases in items related to types of cancer, warning signs and risk factors. Conclusion & recommendations: The present study concluded that there are obvious needs for educational programme to increase students awareness of all types of cancer and it’s risk factors

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