Cervix: Oral Abstract: Sample survey of cancer awareness in health care workers
This article was originally published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow and was migrated to Scientific Scholar after the change of Publisher.
To see the awareness about cancer in women among ASHA workers.
Place of Study:
Awareness Sessions at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
ASHA workers are the first point of contact for women in the community & bridge the back between the hospital and women. They have been instrumental in the success of the family planning programme & polio eradication program in India.
Materials and Methods:
A questionnaire about educational status, awareness about breast & cervical cancer statistics, methods of screening and diagnosis was distributed to Accredited Social Health Activists appointed by the government at two educational sessions organized at Safdarjung hospital.
Of the 200 ASHA workers attending, 188 completed the questionnaire. Their educational status ranged from 7th standard to post-graduate, majority had studied up to 10th standard. Their sources of information were mostly television and mobile phones, 23% had knowledge about internet, 36% were using Whats app. Only 28% knew about the commonest cancer in Indian women. Regarding breast cancer, 63% were aware of self examination of breasts, 41% knew the frequency of self examination; awareness about symptoms of breast cancer was prevalent in 46%, 24% knew about risk factors of breast cancer. Regarding Cervical Cancer, 28% knew about risk factors, 22% knew about symptoms of cervical cancer; 19% knew about screening methods for cervical cancer, 9.5% knew the screening intervals.
Health education about cancer prevention should start at the primary school level. Special educational & motivational sessions for ASHA workers could help in cancer prevention programs.