UPTAKE OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING AMONG FEMALE TEACHERS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL IN EGOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF EDO STATE
Background: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide, the level of knowledge and uptake of cervical cancer screening among women especially secondary school teachers in the country is unclear due to lack of reliable population-based cancer registry or prevention program databases Aim: The study assessed knowledge, attitude, uptake of cervical cancer screening and its associated factors among female secondary school teachers in Egor local government area of Edo state. Methods: A descriptive cross sessional survey design was adopted, using simple random technique to select participants and a structured questionnaire as instrument for data collection. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and hypothesis was tested using chi-square and multiple logistic regression at 5% level of significant. Result: Only 32(14.5%) of the respondents has good knowledge of cervical cancer screening, 125(56.8%) had negative attitude toward cervical cancer screening, while 197(89.9%) has a low uptake of cervical cancer screening. Participants between (25–34) (OR=15.20, C.I= 2.57 - 89.93) more likely to take up uptake of cervical cancer screening than those who are 55years and above, married participants (OR=18.82,C.I = 2.67 - 132.75) more likely to take up uptake of cervical cancer screening that those who are divorced. Conclusion: There is poor knowledge, negative attitude and low uptake of cervical cancer screening among female secondary school teachers in study area, there is need for health care providers to ensure that secondary school teachers have a proper understanding and explore the uptake of cervical cancer screening service.
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