Pakistani Urban Population Demonstrates a Poor Knowledge About Cancers: A Pilot Survey
Medical College Pakistan
Background: This cross-sectional study was carried out to assess the perceptions and level of knowledge of a Pakistani urban population regarding presentations, risk factors, and screening of cancers. Methods: From 4 tertiary care hospitals, 439 subjects were recruited through convenient sampling method and interviewed using a standard questionnaire. Results: More than 90% of subjects demonstrated poor knowledge. Good knowledge was associated with female gender, being married, higher socioeconomic status, and level of education. Conclusions: Our sample demonstrates an inadequate knowledge regarding the presentations, risk factors, and screening of cancers. Efforts aiming to correct these deficiencies might result in a successful and cost-effective model for primary and secondary prevention of major cancers in Pakistan.
Journal of Cancer Education
(2008). Pakistani Urban Population Demonstrates a Poor Knowledge About Cancers: A Pilot Survey. Journal of Cancer Education, 23(4), 264-266.
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