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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2013 pp 113-118

Research Article

Knowledge, Attitude and Belief regarding Cervical Cancer and its Prevention in Women attending Gynaecology OPD in a Tertiary Rural Teaching Hospital in South India


Prashant Joshi1, Indranil Dutta2, Shamasnoor3, N. Gopal4

{1Associate Professor, 3Postgraduate Resident, 4Professor}

Department of OBGY, Adichunchunagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B. G. Nagara, Bellur, Karnataka, INDIA.

2Assistant Professor, Department of OBGY, IQ City Medical College, Durgapur, West Bengal, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.


Background: Cervical Cancer is a cause of significant disease worldwide. Human papiloma virus (HPV) is the cause of Cancer cervix in 100% cases. Effective intervention to prevent HPV associated diseases can therefore prevent cervical Cancers and genital warts. Primordial prevention of cervical Cancer can be achieved by increasing the knowledge of the general population, especially at the rural setup as a cervical Cancer is undiagnosed up to later stage and changing the attitude of women in related to cervical Cancer. The present study was conceptualized and designed in order to assess knowledge and attitude of rural women. Objectives: To assess the knowledge and perceived barriers to prevention of cervical Cancer among women attending gynecology outpatient department (OPD) and to find an association between knowledge and perceived barriers with sociodemographic variables. Material and Methods: The present descriptive study was designed in order to access the knowledge, attitude and belief   of rural women based in rural setup of B. G. Nagara. A sample size of 1000 women attending Gynaecology OPD between 25-55 years was targeted.  Simple random sampling technique was adapted for the sample collection. Pre tested questionnaire were used for data collection. Results: The study, albeit small and simple has thrown out a gamut of realizations related to the complete lack of knowledge and awareness not only regarding cervical Cancer but also other aspects of women's health among the populations.