KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PERCEPTION TOWARDS PROSTATE CANCER AMONG MALE PUBLIC STAFFS IN KELANTAN

Hafiz M.S., Muhammad Fadhil and L.K., Soon and Y., Azlina (2016) KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PERCEPTION TOWARDS PROSTATE CANCER AMONG MALE PUBLIC STAFFS IN KELANTAN. International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences, 3 (6). pp. 105-115. ISSN 2289-7577

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    Abstract

    Background: In Malaysia, prostate cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men. Its incidence is rising due to the aging population. Assessing knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer are necessary to promote screening behavior for early detection of prostate cancer. The aim of this study was to determine levels of knowledge, awareness and perceptions of prostate cancer among male staffs in a tertiary teaching hospital in Kelantan. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study using purposive sampling technique was conducted from December 2014 to January 2015. A structured questionnaire was administered to eighty participants. Descriptive statistics was used to summarize socio-demographic and medical characteristics of the participants. Pearson Chi-Square analyses were conducted to explore the association between knowledge, awareness, and perception and socio-demographic data. Result: Fifty-two participants (65.0%) reported having heard about prostate cancer but the majority (n=55, 68.8%) have a low level of knowledge and awareness about it. Of the participants, 63 (78.8%) do not know the factors that make a person more likely to get prostate cancer. Although there is no significant association between socio-demographic characteristics and knowledge, awareness, and perception but majority (n=76, 95%) has a good perception of susceptibility, seriousness and benefit to prostate cancer. Conclusion: This study revealed that knowledge and awareness of prostate cancer among these male staffs was low. The findings of the present study indicate needs for health promotion on prostate cancer and screening program to improve public understanding and acceptance for early prostate cancer screening.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Divisions: Kampus Kesihatan (Health Campus) > Pusat Pengajian Sains Kesihatan (School of Health Sciences) > Article
    Depositing User: Mr Noorazilan Noordin
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 12:54
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2017 12:54
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/35862

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