Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake and Barriers to Screening among Females in Somolu, South Western Nigeria

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Olatona, F.A.
Amu, E.O.
Ndugba, SC
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Journal of Community Medicine & Health Care
of the cervix remains a major global cause of morbidity and mortality among women in countries with limited economic resources including Nigeria. This study was carried out to evaluate the extent of utilization of cervical screening services, identify barriers to screening and determine the willingness to screen by women in the Somolu, Southwestern Nigeria. The study was carried out in 2014 among women in Somolu, Lagos and employed a cross-sectional descriptive design. A pre-tested, self-administered, semi-structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from 272 women who were recruited by multi-stage sampling method. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 20. The resultsshowed that 26 (10.0%) of the respondents never had cervical cancer screening while 234 (90.0%) never had accessed screening. The most important reasons for not accessing screening were insufficient medical advice 162 (69.2%), lack of health education 154 (65.8%), difficulty in accessing screening 152 (65.0%) and high cost of screening 151 (64.5%). Majority 170 (72.6%) were willing to be screened in the future. The study concluded that women in Somolu, Lagos had poor understanding of the bases of cervical cancer screening. Most did not screen because of lack of background knowledge of the importance of screening, accessibility, cost and fear of pain. Majority were however willing to screen in the future. Health education programs on cervical cancer screening and measures to reduce the barriers to screening should be put in place.
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cervical cancer , Screening , Uptake of screening , Barriers to screening , screening services , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Amu EO, Ndugba SC, Olatona FA. Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake and Barriers to Screening among Females in Somolu, South Western Nigeria. Journal of Community Medicine & Health Care. 2017. 2(3): 1-4