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International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences (IJPHCS)
Open Access e-journal ISSN : 2289-7577

FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING OVARIAN CANCER AND OVARIAN CANCER SCREENING AMONG FEMALE STAFF IN UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA, MALAYSIA

Anis Adibah Zainal Abidin, Wan Dhiya Athira Wan Abdul Razak, Andi Angeriana Andi Asri, Latiffah A. Latiff, Mehrnoosh Akhtari-Zavare

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ABSTRACT

Background: Ovarian cancer counts as the 5th most common cancer among women in Malaysia. Screening available does not cut down the fatality rates and usually detected at a late stage. Many vague risk factors were associated with ovarian cancer, causing late detection.

Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 217 female staff in Universiti Putra Malaysia from April to July 2015. Data were collected via self-administered questionnaire which was developed for this study. Chi-square test was used for data analyses.

Result: The level of knowledge and attitude regarding ovarian cancer were poor with a value of 53.5% and 69.1% respondents respectively. The main source of information was books and magazines followed by newspapers and brochures. Significant associations found between level of knowledge regarding ovarian cancer with occupation (ρ<0.005) and family income (ρ<0.005). Significant associations were found between attitude level regarding ovarian cancer with occupation (ρ=0.001) and hormone replacement therapy use (ρ=0.016).

Conclusion: Knowledge and attitude related to ovarian cancer were low among the female staff in Universiti Putra Malaysia. Targeted education should be implemented to improve level of knowledge among staffs.

Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Ovarian cancer

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