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The Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of the Prevention of Cancer of the Cervix in Okada Community

Author(s): A.I. Igwilo | U.U. Igwilo | F. Hassan | M. Idanwekhai | O. Igbinomwanhia | A.O. Popoola

Journal: Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2040-8765

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 95;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Attitude | cervical cancer | knowledge | pap smear | practice

The objective of this study was to assess the Knowledge, attitude and practice of the prevention of cancer of the cervix among members of the Okada community. The 384 respondents were picked by simple random sampling technique after obtaining consent and a comprehensive list of the major streets from the Local government council. Using Epi info version 3.5 (June 9th 2008), the results were collated and analyzed. Ninety one point one percent had never heard about cervical cancer. Of the 8.9% that have heard, 3.2% have heard of pap smear; 6.5% who felt at risk were also the largest number that were willing to do a pap smear and take the vaccine if it is available, as compared to those who just felt they were at risk of the disease. Of 384 respondents, none have been screened for cervical cancer. Furthermore, it was found that the practice of safe sex dwindles with increasing multiple sexual partners. These come to show the reason why most women in a developing country like ours, present with advanced form of cervical cancer. Despite the poor knowledge of the disease and its prevention, attitudes and practices towards its prevention were worse
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