Knowledge and attitude of Uyghur women in Xinjiang province of China related to the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer

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Abstract

Cervical cancer is one of the commonest causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The prevalence rate of cervical cancer in Uyghur women in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China has been remarkably higher than the ethnic groups living in the same region. This study aimed to assess the knowledge level and attitude of cervical cancer and its issues among the Uyghur women in Xinjiang province of China. Methods: A cross-sectional interview-based survey of 5,000 Uyghur women was developed from 2013 to 2014 in Xinjiang autonomous region, to assess their knowledge and perception of cervical cancer and its issues. The collection of data was based on the questionnaire items. Results: According to the questionnaire items, we collected a data for 5,000 participants. A very small proportion of participants had heard of the cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccine, that is, 27.0{%}, 13.0{%} and, 6.0{%}, respectively. According to the demographic characteristics, women aged 31 to 40 years were more aware of the knowledge of cervical cancer (32.9{%}), HPV (17.8{%}), and HPV vaccine (9.1{%}), and women with undergraduate or higher educational level had more knowledge of cervical cancer (30.0{%}), HPV (21.0{%}), and HPV vaccine (9.7{%}). Conclusions: From our study, we concluded that Uyghur women need more information about cervical cancer and its risk factors. Lack of the related knowledge about cervical cancer may be one of the important factors for high incidence rate of cervical cancer in Uyghur population. In order to reduce the incidence rate and mortality of cervical cancer in Uyghur women and to make extensive health education to raise awareness of cervical cancer and HPV is strongly needed than prophylactic vaccination.

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Abudukadeer, A., Azam, S., Mutailipu, A. Z., Qun, L., Guilin, G., & Mijiti, S. (2015). Knowledge and attitude of Uyghur women in Xinjiang province of China related to the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12957-015-0531-8

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