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|Title: ||Women in Purdah: A Study of their Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Relation to Cancer of the Cervix|
|Authors: ||Adisa, James O.|
Muhammed, Amina O.
Egbujo, Ejike C.
Yahaya, Isah A.
|Issue Date: ||Jul-2014|
|Publisher: ||International Research Journal of Biological Sciences|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 3;No. 7 Pp 49-53|
|Abstract: ||Correct and complete knowledge, positive attitudes/beliefs and positive behavioral practices are essential in the control of
diseases including cervical cancer. This is in addition to routine screening of apparently healthy women. This study therefore
seeks to look at the knowledge, attitude/beliefs and practices of women in purdah as it relates to cancer. A cross sectional
survey was carried out on 120 sexually active women made up of 60 that practice purdah and 60 that do not practice purdah
in Jos, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was administered on each subject. The questionnaire
contained questions on socio-demographic characteristics of the subjects and questions regarding their knowledge, attitude,
beliefs and practices as regards cervical cancer. Show that only 11 (18.3%) women in Purdah had previous knowledge of the
cause of cervical cancer as against 35(58.3%) for the women who are not in purdah. Women in Purdah had a mean 68.3%
positive Attitudes/beliefs as against 77.2% for the women who are not in purdah women who are not in purdah. In terms of
their practices, the women in purdah had a mean positive practice of 62.66% as against 76.66% of the women who are not in
purdah. There is need for specific and targeted awareness for women in purdah to remove barriers and fill-up gabs to early
detection of premalignant lesion. The response from the women who are not in purdah also show that awareness of women in
general is very low and could hinder control.|
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