n Gender and Behaviour - Knowledge, attitude and awareness of breast and cervical cancer among women in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
|Article Title||Knowledge, attitude and awareness of breast and cervical cancer among women in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria|
|© Publisher:||IFE Centre for Psychological Studies (ICPS)|
|Journal||Gender and Behaviour|
|Affiliations||1 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria and 2 Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||6238 - 6246|
|Keyword(s)||Breast cancer, Breast self examination, Cervical cancer and Pap smear test|
This study assessed the level of awareness and attitude towards breast and cervical cancer screening among women in Obafemi Awolowo University community. It further investigated the relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and attitude of women towards breast and cervical cancer screening. 460 women within age 18-60 years were recruited by means of convenience sampling at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife community. Data were collected on socio-demographic variables and knowledge of breast and cervical cancer. In this study, there was no statistically significant association between the different age groups, marital status, and level of education, monthly income and attitude toward breast cancer screening except occupation and religion, which was found to be statistically significant. Although 88.8% of the respondents in this study reported having heard about breast cancer, the study revealed that only 71.3% of them had sufficient knowledge of breast cancer, half of whom had acquired the information from the mass media. There was a significant relationship between age, occupation and attitude toward cervical cancer screening. Most of the women had negative attitude towards cervical cancer screening. Among the various age groups very few women had Pap smear test. Most of the students (64.7%) and non-academic staff (88.8%) had not heard about it. The academic staffs (57.5%) were more knowledgeable of the test. The study concluded that women were more knowledgeable about breast cancer than cervical cancer.
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