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Knowledge and Attitude towards Cervical Cancer: A Case Study of Undergraduate Students in Imo State, Nigeria

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106441, PP. 1-11

Subject Areas: Public Health, Epidemiology

Keywords: Cervical Cancer, Knowledge Level, Attitude, Young Women, Nigeria

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The study investigated the knowledge and attitude towards cervical cancer in Imo State, Nigeria. A sample of 230 female undergraduate students selected from Imo State University participated in the study. Data were collected using structured questionnaire and were analyzed using percentage, mean and Chi-Square. The result showed that the majority (81.7%) of the respondents were in their sexually active ages, the majority (70.0%) of the respondents had a low knowledge of cervical cancer and about 53% did not know about its causes. On the attitude towards screening, 82.6% of the respondents had never done pap smear test and 80% were afraid of going for it. The result further showed a generally negative belief about cervical cancer infection. The hypothesis tested showed a significant relationship between level of knowledge and attitude towards cervical cancer screening at p = 0.000. Therefore, increased sensitization targeting women in sexually active ages as a way of improving their knowledge on cervical cancer was recommended.

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Dozie, U. W. , Nwadi, C. L. , Umunakwe, C. P. , Asuzu, N. E. , Obikonu, I. R. and Dozie, I. N. S. (2020). Knowledge and Attitude towards Cervical Cancer: A Case Study of Undergraduate Students in Imo State, Nigeria . Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6441. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1106441.

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