Assessing the knowledge, practices and attitudes on cervical cancer screening among females aged (21-50) years in Ishaka, Bushenyi District

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
The specific objective of this study was to determine the practices of females aged 21-50 years towards the prevention approach, early detection and management of cervical cancer. A total of 77% of the study subjects reported being aware of available cervical cancer management and prevention services; while 23% did not know of the available services. Also 44% of the study respondents suggested vaccination, 23.6% mentioned through health education, 25.20% indicated that continuous surveillance is the best approach for cervical cancer prevention. 5% said safer sex, 2% believed the use of herbs can prevent cervical cancer, while 1% mentioned prayers as a way out. 38.7% learnt about Pap smear from health workers, 16.1% became aware of Pap smear through friends. 38.7% got information on Pap smear from mass media, while 6.5% talked of other sources. Only 23% of the study subjects had ever under gone Pap smear screening. A total of 77% had never got a chance to be screened by use of Pap smear. Further, 53% indicated that Pap smear is useful, 8.7% believe Pap smear is not needed, 20% had no idea whether Pap smear was useful or harmful while 18.3% believed Pap smear was harmful. It was concluded that many females did not receive necessary education about reproductive health and cervical cancer in particular. Even with education, women often lacked access to cervical cancer services. In areas where condoms were available, they were not always used because of the unpopularity of this method among women. The study recommended for improvement and expansion of cervical cancer services in both public plus private hospitals…
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry of in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of Kampala International University
Cervical cancer screening, Cancer, Bushenyi District