Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(7): 1057-1061

A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females

Authors: Mariam Ali Alodail, Jumanah Abdullah Al-Khalifah, Bayan Yousef Al-Sunain, Gofran Mohammed Al-Braheem, Batool Khaleel Al-Braheem, Amnah Ahmed Al-Omran.

ABSTRACT

Background: Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate among all gynecological cancers. However, early detection of the disease could improve patients' outcomes. This could be achieved by satisfying knowledge about the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the level of knowledge of Saudi women about the symptoms and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Methodology: A cross-sectional observational survey was carried out among literate females aged 18 years and above, in Saudi Arabia, using an online self-developed questionnaire that was distributed via a link to Google forms. Only completed surveys were included in the analysis. Results: A total of 473 females responded to this survey. Women who were proactive in talking with their doctors showed a significantly higher score (p value < 0.001). Participants who did not talk to their doctors about ovarian cancer showed a significantly lower score (p value < 0.001). Also, 89.8% of the females mentioned that they did not discuss ovarian cancer with their doctors on any previous visits, where 41.3% of the respondents mentioned that they did not believe that they were in danger, and 5.6% of the females mentioned that their doctors were too busy to talk with them. Conclusion: A poor level of knowledge, poor practices, and behavior toward ovarian cancer among females was observed in Saudi Arabia. Further studies are required to explore the reasons behind this poor knowledge about ovarian cancer.

Keywords:
Ovarian cancer, knowledge, determinants


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A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females


Authors
Mariam Ali Alodail
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Jumanah Abdullah Al-Khalifah
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Bayan Yousef Al-Sunain
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Gofran Mohammed Al-Braheem
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Batool Khaleel Al-Braheem
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Amnah Ahmed Al-Omran
Medical Student, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Mariam Ali Alodail, Medical Student, King Fisal University, Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.; Mariam.ao@outlook.com

Publication history
Received 11 Dec 2019
Accepted 21 Dec 2019
Published online 04 Jan 2020
Published in print 10 Jul 2020

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Alodail MA, Al-Khalifah JA, Al-Sunain BY, Al-Braheem GM, Al-Braheem BK, Al-Omran AA. A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. IJMDC. 2020; 4(7): 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


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Alodail MA, Al-Khalifah JA, Al-Sunain BY, Al-Braheem GM, Al-Braheem BK, Al-Omran AA. A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=77643 [Access: August 04, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


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Alodail MA, Al-Khalifah JA, Al-Sunain BY, Al-Braheem GM, Al-Braheem BK, Al-Omran AA. A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. IJMDC. 2020; 4(7): 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alodail MA, Al-Khalifah JA, Al-Sunain BY, Al-Braheem GM, Al-Braheem BK, Al-Omran AA. A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. IJMDC. (2020), [cited August 04, 2020]; 4(7): 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


Harvard Style

Alodail, M. A., Al-Khalifah, . J. A., Al-Sunain, . B. Y., Al-Braheem, . G. M., Al-Braheem, . B. K. & Al-Omran, . A. A. (2020) A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. IJMDC, 4 (7), 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


Turabian Style

Alodail, Mariam Ali, Jumanah Abdullah Al-Khalifah, Bayan Yousef Al-Sunain, Gofran Mohammed Al-Braheem, Batool Khaleel Al-Braheem, and Amnah Ahmed Al-Omran. 2020. A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (7), 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


Chicago Style

Alodail, Mariam Ali, Jumanah Abdullah Al-Khalifah, Bayan Yousef Al-Sunain, Gofran Mohammed Al-Braheem, Batool Khaleel Al-Braheem, and Amnah Ahmed Al-Omran. "A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alodail, Mariam Ali, Jumanah Abdullah Al-Khalifah, Bayan Yousef Al-Sunain, Gofran Mohammed Al-Braheem, Batool Khaleel Al-Braheem, and Amnah Ahmed Al-Omran. "A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.7 (2020), 1057-1061. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


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Alodail, M. A., Al-Khalifah, . J. A., Al-Sunain, . B. Y., Al-Braheem, . G. M., Al-Braheem, . B. K. & Al-Omran, . A. A. (2020) A cross-sectional study of ovarian cancer knowledge and its determinants among females. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (7), 1057-1061. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576094002


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