Knowledge and attitude of university students in health sciences on the prevention of cervical cancer

Y. Y. Tan, Rashwan Hesham, Qodriyah Mohd Saad

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Abstract

Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer after breast cancer both in Malaysia and worldwide although it can be mostly prevented. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge level and attitude of University Kebangsaan Malaysia female students in the Faculties of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences on the prevention of cervical cancer. A total of 675 respondents were recruited for this cross-sectional study involving pre-tested questionnaires. The data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 15.0. There was significant association between grade and mean score of knowledge with different faculties and year of education (p<0.05). However, significant association was shown only between grade of knowledge with different programs in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. For mean score of knowledge, significant difference only existed among different races (p<0.05). Mass media was the most common source of information. In conclusion, the knowledge level of respondents on cervical cancer and its prevention was not satisfactory despite their positive attitude on prevention. Thus, more awareness programs should be conducted in University campuses to provide students with knowledge on prevention of cervical cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume65
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Cervical cancer
  • Knowledge
  • Vaccination

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  • Medicine(all)

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Knowledge and attitude of university students in health sciences on the prevention of cervical cancer. / Tan, Y. Y.; Hesham, Rashwan; Mohd Saad, Qodriyah.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 65, No. 1, 03.2010, p. 53-57.

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