Dorcas Sir-Gawi Dugule
2022 Zenodo  
Taraba State is one of the states with a high incidence rate of cervical cancer in Nigeria especially; cervical cancer leads to a reduction in cancer incidence and prevalence. As the results of these incidences, this paper assessed the knowledge, risk factors, and preventive strategies for cervical cancer among female tertiary students in Taraba State. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data on 250 randomly sampled students. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics
more » ... ith aid of a statistical package for social sciences (SPSS Version, 23). The results showed that female students in tertiary institutions have good knowledge of cervical cancer. In addition, infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), multiple sexual partners, early age of sexual intercourse, and early age at first full-term pregnancy as well as family history was identified as the major risk factors for cervical cancer. Thus, avoidance of multiple sex partners, avoidance of early age sexual intercourse, avoidance of early age pregnancy, and vaccination of human papillomavirus are the major strategies to preventing being contacted with cervical cancer among women. The paper, therefore, recommends among others that: more efforts should be giant towards creating awareness among the youths especially females via enlightenment programs, workshops, and seminars by health professionals on the causes, signs, and symptoms as well as the effects of contracting cervical cancer in order to curtail the incidence of cervical cancer to its barest minimum. Young female students in tertiary institutions are encouraged to avoid early sexual intercourse or even abstain from premarital sex in order not to be contacted with cervical cancer. Again, students should as a matter of fact visit any nearby screening center to know their status for early detection and possible treatment if detected as accepted by the majority of the respondents that cervical cancer is curable when detected at its early stage.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6767304 fatcat:tidm7w3m4fgxhol4a3tv322cei