Cervical cancer awareness and risk factors among female university students.
Population cervical screening programmes are necessary for meaningfully reducing cervical cancer morbidity and mortality.
Because of the high incidence of cervical cancer in South Africa, the need for a national screening programme has become evident.
The success of such a programme will depend on, among others, the level of cervical cancer awareness among the target population, and their willingness to utilise cytological services and to comply with treatment and follow up protocols.
We conducted a survey among female university students, as an elite group of women, to determine their level of cervical cancer awareness and the prevalence of the major risk factors for cervical cancer among them, their rate of utilisation of existing Pap smear services, and their attitudes to Pap smears in general.
The majority of respondents were young, single (93.0%) and sexually active (86.9%,) having initiated sexual activity at a mean age of 17.27 ± 2.18 years.
There was a high prevalence of the major risk factors for cervical cancer among the respondents, and these included initiation of coitus before 18 years (53.3%), multiple sexual partners (73.6%), male partner with other partners (37.7%), and previous history of sexually transmitted diseases (42.2%) and vulval warts (4.7%). Their overall knowledge of cervical cancer was poor, although the majority of respondents were able to identify the major risk factors from a given list. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Col utérus, Prévalence, Facteur risque, Epidémiologie, Femelle, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Prévention, Etudiant, Appareil génital femelle pathologie, Col utérus pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Uterine cervix, Prevalence, Risk factor, Epidemiology, Female, Human, South Africa(Republic), Africa, Prevention, Student, Female genital diseases, Uterine cervix diseases
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0157243
Code Inist : 002B20C02. Création : 16/11/1999.