Original Article

IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 40-44

Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Basmah Salem Al Afari, Rana Abdulazeem Al-Bassam, Hanouf Thunayan Alotaibi, Ola Abdullah Alotaibi, Dana Tariq Alsuwaidan, Musarrat Nafees.

ABSTRACT

Background: Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable neoplasia in females. It is the second most common cancer in females with 80% occurrence in the developing countries. It has been predicted that incidence of cervical cancer would increase in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to assess the knowledge and awareness levels of women in Saudi Arabia about cervical carcinoma. Methodology: Total of 415 randomly selected women aged 20–35 years participated in the study in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in July 2018. The study was based on a self-administered closed-ended questionnaire consisting of 32 questions assessing the knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma. Results: About the general knowledge of cervical carcinoma, this study found that the mean of the general knowledge toward cervical carcinoma was low. The highest knowledge among women in Saudi Arabia was “Heard of cervical cancer” (94%), while the mean of lowest was “Had direct contact with the disease” (20%). Among participants, 51.8% knew that cervical cancer can be a terminal illness, and 26% knew that cervical cancer is associated with an infection. Conclusion: These results showed that the majority of the participant's general knowledge towards cervical carcinoma was low. The majority of cases heard about Pap smear although there was high knowledge among women in Saudi Arabia about the vaccine against cervical cancer that contains Human Papilloma virus. More studies and investigations in this field are recommended since cervical carcinoma is preventable when approached properly.

Keywords:
Cervical carcinoma, pap smear, cervical cancer, human papilloma virus.


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Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia


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Basmah Salem Al Afari
Medical intern, department of health studies, Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia
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Rana Abdulazeem Al-Bassam
Medical intern, Department of health studies, Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia.
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Hanouf Thunayan Alotaibi
Medical intern, department of health studies, Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia
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Ola Abdullah Alotaibi
Medical Intern, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Dana Tariq Alsuwaidan
3rd year medical student, Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
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Musarrat Nafees
Department of Health Studies, Professor of Anatomy, Riyadh Elm University, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Basmah Salem Al afari, Medical intern, Department of health studies, Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia.; bsya94@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 27 Jun 2019
Accepted 21 Jul 2019
Published online 31 Aug 2019
Published in print 26 Sep 2019

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Afari BSA, Al-Bassam RA, Alotaibi HT, Alotaibi OA, Alsuwaidan DT, Nafees M. Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


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Afari BSA, Al-Bassam RA, Alotaibi HT, Alotaibi OA, Alsuwaidan DT, Nafees M. Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=54472 [Access: October 18, 2019]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Afari BSA, Al-Bassam RA, Alotaibi HT, Alotaibi OA, Alsuwaidan DT, Nafees M. Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2019; 3(10): 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Afari BSA, Al-Bassam RA, Alotaibi HT, Alotaibi OA, Alsuwaidan DT, Nafees M. Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2019), [cited October 18, 2019]; 3(10): 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


Harvard Style

Afari, B. S. A., Al-Bassam, . R. A., Alotaibi, . H. T., Alotaibi, . O. A., Alsuwaidan, . D. T. & Nafees, . M. (2019) Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 3 (10), 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


Turabian Style

Afari, Basmah Salem Al, Rana Abdulazeem Al-Bassam, Hanouf Thunayan Alotaibi, Ola Abdullah Alotaibi, Dana Tariq Alsuwaidan, and Musarrat Nafees. 2019. Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (10), 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


Chicago Style

Afari, Basmah Salem Al, Rana Abdulazeem Al-Bassam, Hanouf Thunayan Alotaibi, Ola Abdullah Alotaibi, Dana Tariq Alsuwaidan, and Musarrat Nafees. "Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3 (2019), 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Afari, Basmah Salem Al, Rana Abdulazeem Al-Bassam, Hanouf Thunayan Alotaibi, Ola Abdullah Alotaibi, Dana Tariq Alsuwaidan, and Musarrat Nafees. "Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 3.10 (2019), 40-44. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Afari, B. S. A., Al-Bassam, . R. A., Alotaibi, . H. T., Alotaibi, . O. A., Alsuwaidan, . D. T. & Nafees, . M. (2019) Knowledge and awareness about cervical carcinoma among women in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 3 (10), 40-44. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1561646708


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