ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES TOWARDS CERVICAL CANCER AMONG WOMEN IN RAWALPINDI – PAKISTAN
Background – Cervical Cancer is the third most common cancer among females, however the most preventable. It is preventable if appropriate screening and prophylactic strategies are employed. There is abundant evidence exists in literature about the awareness regarding cervical cancer but low in prevention particularly in developing countries like Pakistan. However, the lack of knowledge about prevention resulted in underutilization of preventive strategies.
Purpose – The present study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices about cervical cancer among women in Rawalpindi - Pakistan.
Design/ methodology/ approach – Conducted a cross-sectional study on academia (students and faculty) and healthcare professionals (doctors and paramedical staff) of Rawalpindi. Data were collected through predesigned, tested and structured questionnaire. The questionnaire included sections to assess the respondent’s knowledge, attitude and practices related to cervical cancer and its screening. Data analysis was done using descriptive statistics through SPSS.
Originality/ value – This study is the first to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice about cervical cancer in Pakistan which contributed to the existing literature.