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KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AND PREVENTION IN SOUTH INDIAN POPULATION--A OBSERVATIONAL STUDY AT A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE AND TEACHING HOSPITAL

Dr. Priyanka Anil*, Rachamalla Vihasitha, Mohammad Jebrail, Patluri Manusha Reddy, Ponnoju Akhil Susmith

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Introduction: Cervical cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in women with the highest death rate in India worldwide. The incidence and death of cervical cancer can be decreased by women screening and human papilloma virus vaccines adolescent girls for pre-cancerous lesions. Knowledge of women and awareness of the prevention of cervical cancer are key factors in determining their use of screening services. Materials and methods: There were a total (N=100) number of participants enrolled in the study and are evaluated for knowledge awareness and risk factors of cervical cancer among hundred 70 participants are unaware about the cervical cancer. This is prospective observational study in which the patient’s knowledge and awareness about cervical cancer is evaluated for those patients who willing to give informed consent and meet inclusion criteria. Results and discussion: Referring to findings, majority of the patients are in the age group of 21-30 and of 100 patients enrolled 55% are married and 45% unmarried and majority of them are found to be students. In this simple study conducted 70 patients are unware about cervical cancer and of those 30 patients aware they have partial awareness about cervical cancer the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer can be diminished by screening women. since cervical cancer when detected at an early stage is curable it is necessary for women to undergo screening test. Conclusion: our study survey on patients enrolled shows poor knowledge and awareness about cervical cancer and are unaware about idea of prevention. Therefore, it is highly necessary to educate public concerning about cervical cancer its awareness and importance of screening.

Keywords: Cervical cancer, screening, prevention, awareness.


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