CancerPathology

A Cross Sectional Study of Assessing Knowledge and Attitude Towards Screening and Prevention of Cervical Cancer Among Women in the United Arab Emirates

Presented in Emirates pathology, digital pathology & cancer Conference Holiday Inn Dubai, Al Barsha, UAE & Virtual
Speaker Name: Dr. Aisha Meskiri
Category: Oral Presentation/Oncology and Digital Pathology
Global Journal of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Unified Citation Journals, Pathology 2024, ISSN 2754-0952

Biography:  Aisha Meskiri holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and PhD in Medical Biosciences from the University of Bradford, UK. Following doctorial study, she worked for the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist (Histopathology) at Christie Hospital, Manchester (UK). She then went onto work as Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Histology and Genomics) at Renovo Limited, Manchester (UK). After which she worked as a Research Assistant (Diabetic Neuropathy) at Manchester University (UK). Aisha then work as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on Omnyx Digital Pathology Trial at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire (UK). Aisha is currently the Program Team Leader and an Assistant Professor for the Medical Laboratory program at Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates.

1 Health Sciences Department, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, email: ameskiri@hct.ac.ae2 Health Sciences Department, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, email: malshoufi@hct.ac.ae3 Health Sciences Department, Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, email: rakseer@hct.ac.ae

Introduction: Cervical cancer, the second leading cause of death in women, is by far one of the most common cancers affecting females worldwide. Early diagnosis of cervical cancer, increases the chances of successful treatment. However, due to the reduced knowledge about the importance of screening and awareness of the signs and symptoms, cervical cancer cases continue to raise.

Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and attitude toward cervical cancer screening among women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Methods: A descriptive, cross- sectional study was conducted among female university students and staff in the UAE from October 2022 to November 2022. A self-administered survey assessed the participants demographic characteristics, cervical cancer knowledge, cervical cancer screening knowledge and attitude. Data collected from the survey were analyzed by using SPSS and P value below 0.05 (p˂0.05) was considered significant.

Results: Over 540 female participants from different Emirates of UAE completed an online survey. The majority of the participants were Emirati single women aged 18 to 20 years old. There was a significant correlation (p-value <0.05) between total cervical cancer screening knowledge and attitude with age group (p-value = 0.001), nationality (p-value = 0.001), marital status (p-value = 0.001), level of education and field of education (p-value = 0.009). Overall, the majority of participants had average cervical cancer knowledge (51.2%), followed by poor (28.5%), good (19.2%) and only 1.3% had excellent knowledge.

Conclusion: The results from the study provides an increase understanding of cervical cancer knowledge and perceptions towards cervical cancer screening among women in the UAE. The findings of this study will support the UAE Health Authorities in the development of strategies in order to enhance cervical cancer knowledge and promote a positive attitude towards screening among UAE females, ultimately reducing cervical cancer cases in the UAE.

Keywords:  Cervical cancer, knowledge, attitude, awareness, cervical cancer screening

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