RESEARCH ARTICLE

Knowledge, attitude and practice for cervical cancer prevention and control among women of childbearing age in Hossana Town, Hadiya zone, Southern Ethiopia: Community-based cross-sectional study Yitagesu Habtu Aweke1☯*, Samuel Yohannes Ayanto2☯, Tariku Laelago Ersado3

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OPEN ACCESS Citation: Aweke YH, Ayanto SY, Ersado TL (2017) Knowledge, attitude and practice for cervical cancer prevention and control among women of childbearing age in Hossana Town, Hadiya zone, Southern Ethiopia: Community-based crosssectional study. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0181415. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181415 Editor: Stanley J. Robboy, Duke University, UNITED STATES

1 Department of Health Informatics, Hossana College of Health Sciences, Hossana, Ethiopia, 2 Department of Midwifery, Hossana College of Health Sciences, Hossana, Ethiopia, 3 Department of Clinical Nursing, Hossana College of Health Sciences, Hossana, Ethiopia ☯ These authors contributed equally to this work. * [email protected]

Abstract Background Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer which Ethiopia put a strategic goal to reduce its incidence and mortality by 2020. Lack of knowledge and poor attitude towards the disease and risk factors can affect screening practice and development of preventive behavior for cervical cancer. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude, practices and factors for each domain for cervical cancer among women of child bearing age in Hossana town, Southern, Ethiopia.

Received: October 17, 2016 Accepted: July 1, 2017 Published: July 25, 2017 Copyright: © 2017 Aweke et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Data Availability Statement: All relevant data are in the paper and its supporting information. Funding: YHA and SYA received fund from Hossana College of Health Sciences for the research project under the grant number 6223. We acknowledge the college for its close follow up and deciding to publish/disseminate the research. The college had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, or preparation of the manuscript. And the College would not consider the publication cost

Methods Community based cross sectional study was carried out in June 2015. A total of 583 participants were selected using systematic random sampling technique. Pretested structured interviewer administered questionnaire was used to gather the data. Data were entered in to Epi Info software version 3.5.4 and exported to SPSS version 16 for descriptive and logistic regression analysis.

Results Two hundred seventy (46.3%) of the respondents had poor comprehensive knowledge. Only 58 (9.9%) of participants had been screed for the cervical cancer before the survey. Two hundred three (34.8%) of participants had negative attitude towards selected proxy variables. Not having health seeking behavior for cervical cancer [AOR: 5.45, 95% CI: (1.18, 30.58), P

Knowledge, attitude and practice for cervical cancer prevention and control among women of childbearing age in Hossana Town, Hadiya zone, Southern Ethiopia: Community-based cross-sectional study.

Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer which Ethiopia put a strategic goal to reduce its incidence and mortality by 2020. Lack of kno...
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