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DSS Imagetech Pvt. Ltd in association with Bio-Services | Prevention and Disease Control, Public Engagement Activities, Health Education and Research organized an awareness session on August 22, 2017 titled “Preventive healthcare for women: special reference to “HPV and cervical cancer”, the most common gynecological cancer in the Indian population. The audience comprised the female workforce at the DSS Imagetech Pvt. Ltd corporate office, New Delhi exclusively.

A questionnaire-based survey was conducted before and after the aforementioned awareness session among a total of 18 participants in the age group of 27–46 years. 14 out of 18 participants were >30 years of age. The questionnaire developed for the participants consisted of the following questions:

  1. Do you know that cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Indian women? Y / N
  2. What is the principal cause of cervical cancer?……………………………………………………….
  3. Have you heard about human papillomavirus (HPV)? Y / N
  4. Is there any relation between HPV and cervical cancer? Y / N
  5. If yes, then which are the oncogenic or cancer-causing HPV types?…………………………..
  6. Do you know that HPV can cause genital warts? Y / N
  7. Are you aware of the existence of HPV vaccine? Y / N
  8. Do you know the names of the vaccines?……………………………………………………………….
  9. Do you know who are eligible for HPV vaccination?……………………………………………….
  10. Have you taken HPV vaccine? Y / N
  11. Do you think all young girls should take HPV vaccine? Y / N

 

Awareness about cervical cancer screening as well as HPV vaccination was found to be poor among the participants. Only 1 out of 18 participants had been screened by Pap smear although all of them were eligible for cervical cancer screening. 7 out of 18 participants were aware of the existence of HPV vaccine before the session but none of them had been vaccinated. Before the awareness session, most of the participants were not sure whether all women and young girls should take HPV vaccine. However, after the session all participants agreed that young girls should get vaccinated against HPV.

Regular public engagement activities related to health education is the need of the hour to maximize public awareness for cervical cancer prevention and control. It is evident that there is need for educational intervention and awareness campaigns to raise knowledge and change attitudes & practices in order to prevent cervical cancer in India.

Invited Speaker, Dr. Shazia Rashid. Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

August 22, 2017

Reference:

Knowledge, Awareness and Attitude towards HPV, HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer among the College Students in India.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27861611

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