Awareness and practice regarding cervical cancer prevention among female college students of Mangalore city, India

Vaman Kulkarni, Bb Darshan, Abhishek Tandon, Bhaskaran Unnikrishnan, Sriranjani Iyer, Amodini Kukreja, Amina Maqbool, Pallav Bhandari, Jitender Yadav, Rekha Thapar, P. Prasanna Mithra, Nithin Kumar, Ramesh Holla, Avinash Kumar

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Abstract

Objective: The aim was to determine the awareness and practice of female college students in Mangalore in relation to cervical cancer. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 270 female students from various pre-university and degree colleges in Mangalore. A semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Convenient sampling was done. Data were entered and analyzed using SPSS v. 11. Ethical approval was obtained from the Institutional Ethics Committee of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Results: Very few of the participants 43 (16.5%) were aware that cervical cancer is the most common gynecological cancers in India. Awareness levels regarding various risk factors were as follows: Poor genital hygiene (n=154, 59.2%), multiple sex partners (n=85, 32.7%), multiple pregnancies (n=54, 20.8%) and early initiation of sexual activities (n=52, 20.0%). Regarding the preventive measures of cervical cancer, 21 (8.1%) of the study participants had heard about the Papanicolaou test, whereas none of the participants had undergone the test. Forty-five (17.3%) of the students mentioned that they were aware of the presence of a vaccine. Conclusion: Majority of our study group were unaware of the various risk factors of cervical cancer and its preventable nature. Awareness regarding the association between diets, multiple pregnancies was also poor. Awareness generation through campaigns and other modes are the need of an hour to check the rapidly increasing incidence of cervix cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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