Awareness of cervical cancer among women in Malaysia

  • Lee Mun Seng
  • Aina Najwa Rosman
  • Almas Khan
  • Najwa Md Haris
  • Nur Alyan Syahmi Mustapha
  • Nur Sakina Muhammad Husaini
  • Nurul Fadhilah Zahari
Keywords: Cervical Cancer, knowledge and attitudes, papanicolaou smears

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to evaluate and ascertain the current knowledge, perception, level of awareness, and attitudes toward cervical cancer (CC) among women in Malaysia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted which involved 210 women aged between 21 and 60 years old at the public in Malaysia, a subsequent statistical analysis was performed by SPSS version 22.

Results: In comparison with other studies, there is still lacking of awareness on CC and these induced informal cluelessness and poor attitudes toward it. In terms of risk factors, there are two factors with some degree of awareness among women in Malaysia, i.e., multiple sexual partners and sexually transmitted diseases. Women in Malaysia have less awareness on the causes and clinical manifestations of the disease (P < 0.05). They are aware that regular papanicolaou (Pap) smear would screen CC and surgery could be a treatment of choice. In addition, women in Malaysia also have moderate awareness about Pap smear as prevention to detect and prevent CC at the early stage.

Conclusions: Women in Malaysia only has a good awareness about multiple sex partner and sexually transmitted disease as a risk factor for CC, they also have good knowledge on regular Pap smear as a tool to diagnose and surgery as a treatment. Future, further effort is required to promote awareness of women’s perception and attitudes toward CC.

Published
2018-05-23
How to Cite
Seng, L., Rosman, A., Khan, A., Haris, N., Mustapha, N., Husaini, N. S., & Zahari, N. (2018). Awareness of cervical cancer among women in Malaysia. International Journal of Health Sciences, 12(4). Retrieved from https://ijhs.org.sa/index.php/journal/article/view/2569
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Original Paper