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Awareness of cervical cancer risk factors and symptoms: cross-sectional community survey in post-conflict northern Uganda

Overview of attention for article published in Health Expectations, July 2015
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Title
Awareness of cervical cancer risk factors and symptoms: cross-sectional community survey in post-conflict northern Uganda
Published in
Health Expectations, July 2015
DOI 10.1111/hex.12382
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Authors

Amos D. Mwaka, Christopher G. Orach, Edward M. Were, Georgios Lyratzopoulos, Henry Wabinga, Martin Roland

Abstract

Lack of awareness of risk factors and symptoms for cancer may lead to late diagnosis and poor prognosis. We assessed community awareness about cervical cancer risk factors and symptoms and perceptions about prevention and cure of cervical cancer in order to contribute data to inform interventions to improve cervical cancer survival. Cross-sectional population-based survey. We conducted this study in Gulu, a post-conflict district in Uganda in 2012. The sample included 448 persons aged 18 years and above, selected through a multi-stage stratified cluster sampling process. We collected data using a pretested structured questionnaire. Logistic regressions were used to determine magnitudes of associations between socio-demographic and outcome variables. Most participants (444/448) had heard about cervical cancer. Known risk factors including multiple sexual partners, human papillomavirus infection, and early onset of sexual activity, were recognized by 88%, 82%, and 78% of respondents respectively. 63% of participants believed that prolonged use of family planning pills and injections caused cervical cancer. The majority of participants recognized symptoms of cervical cancer including inter-menstrual bleeding (85%), post-menopausal bleeding (84%), and offensive vaginal discharge (83%). 70% of participants believed that cervical cancer is preventable and 92% believed that it could be cured if diagnosed at an early stage. Recognition of cervical cancer risk factors and symptoms was high among study participants. Targeted interventions including increasing availability of HPV vaccination, population-based cervical screening and diagnostic services can translate high awareness into actual benefits.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 211 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 50 24%
Student > Bachelor 43 20%
Unspecified 40 19%
Student > Postgraduate 21 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 7%
Other 43 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 67 32%
Unspecified 47 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 37 18%
Psychology 10 5%
Social Sciences 10 5%
Other 40 19%

Attention Score in Context

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#6,832,803
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#515
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#140,585
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Outputs of similar age from Health Expectations
#16
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