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Knowledge Towards Cervical Cancer Among Reproductive Age Group Women at Rural Areas of Belagavi District: A Cross-sectional Study

Julie Jadhav


The second most frequently diagnosed disease and the third most prevalent cause of cancer death in women globally is cervical cancer. Developing nations account for 85% of all cervical cancer-related fatalities and about 83% of all new cases worldwide. Human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can be avoided by practicing safe sexual behaviour and taking immunizations, among other things, is the main culprit. The study's objective was to evaluate reproductive-age women's awareness about cervical cancer and its prevention in rural areas. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive research based in a community was conducted. An interviewer handed a questionnaire to collect the data. Several stages of sampling were used to choose the study participants. Using the SPSS version 20 software, descriptive statistics including frequency, mean, and percentage were calculated. Result: In this study, the result revealed that 50% women had poor knowledge score regarding cervical cancer and 30% women had average knowledge score regarding cervical cancer and 20% had good knowledge scoreregarding cervical cancer. Conclusion: Women did not have enough general understanding about cervical cancer. However, those who had heard about it had a rather upbeat outlook. The mass media served as the primary information source. However, no public health issue can be resolved on its own. Therefore, starting extensive awareness efforts is advised.

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