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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4943

Title: Awareness of Cervical Cancer, Papanicolaou's Smear and Its Utilisation among Female Undergraduates in Ibadan
Authors: Ayinde, O. A.
Omigbodun, A. O.
Ilesanmi, A. O.
Keywords: Cervical cancer, sexuality, Papanicolaou's smear, undergraduates
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2004
Publisher: Women's Health and Action Research Centre
Citation: African Journal of Reproductive Health (ISSN: 1118-4841) Vol 8 Num 3
Abstract: A survey was conducted among 421 undergraduates of the University of Ibadan using self-administered questionnaires probing into their risk factors for neoplastic cervical lesions, awareness of cervical cancer, Papanicolaou's smear and its utilisation. The percentage of sexually active respondents was 81.5%. Sexual exposure before the age of 20 years occurred in 51.7 %. The mean age at sexual debut was 18.8 years while the modal age was 18 years. Fifty seven per cent had multiple sexual partners, but only 38.1% used condoms. Seventy one per cent were aware of cervical cancer, while only 33.5% were aware of Papanicolaou's smear. Awareness was found to be more among medical students and the married ones. On the other hand, only 8.3% of them had ever done a Papanicolaou's smear. There is a need to increase awareness and incorporate cervical screening into the pre-existing university health services. Also, logistic barriers to cervical screening need to be removed. (Afr J Reprod Health 2004; 8[3]:68-80)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4943
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=rh04043
Rights: Copyright 2004 - Women's Health and Action Research Centre
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