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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2017, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 30) Last page : ( 35)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-9357.2017.00006.X

Perception of Women Regarding Breast and Cervical Screening and its Association with Demographic Variables

Gusain Shobha1,*, Koul Pity2, Mala Y M3

1Scholar, School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

2Director/Professor, School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

3Professor, Dept. of gynaecology & obstetrics, Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi

*Corresponding author: Shobha Gusain, Scholar, School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, E mail - shobhagusain2010@rediffmail.com, Phone - 9818187739, 01202650101

Online published on 27 January, 2017.

Abstract

Background

The number of cases and deaths from breast and cervical cancer are rising in most countries, especially in the developing world where more women are dying at younger ages. Nurses need to address proactively women's perceptions and knowledge about screening.

Objectives

1) To assess perception of women regarding breast and cervical cancer screening.2)To find association of perception of women with selected demographic factors

Method

Using purposive sampling technique, a pre tested and structured interview schedule was administered to 426 women in gynae O.P.D. of Lok Nayak Hospital.

Results

Majority of study subjects (73%) got perception scores below fifty percent. Education, religion, type of occupation and type of family of study subjects were significantly associated with perception scores.

Conclusion

Perception of women is low with regard to breast and cervical cancer screening.

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Keywords

Perception, perceived susceptibility, seriousness of cancer, awareness, warning signs.

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