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Title: Assessment of psychological barriers to cer vical cancer screening among women in Kumasi, Ghana using a mixed methods approach
Authors: Tuffour, P
Williams, M
Kuffour, G
Ekuadzi, E
Yeboah, M
ElDuah, M
Keywords: knowledge
qualitative methods
developing countries
disease prevention
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: AJOL
Citation: African Health Sciences Vol 13 Issue 4 December 2013
Abstract: Background: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among w omen in Ghana,West Africa.The cervical cancer mortality rate in Ghana is more than three times the global cer vical cancer mortality rate.Pap tests and visual inspection with acetic acid wash are widely available throughout Ghana,yet less that 3% of Ghanaian women get a cervical cancer screening at regular intervals. Objective: This explorator y study was to identify psychological barriers to cervical cancer screening among Ghanaian women with and without cancer using a mixed methods approach. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 49 Ghanaian women with cancer and 171 Ghanaian women who did not have cancer. Results: The results of the quantitative analysis indicated that cancer patients where not more likely to have greater knowledge of cancer signs and symptoms than women without cancer. Analysis of the qualitative data revealed several psychological barriers to cervical cancer screening including,common myths about cervical cancer,misconceptions about cervical cancer screening, the lack of spousal support for screening, cultural taboos regarding the gender of healthcare providers, and the stigmatization of women with cervical cancer. Conclusion: The results of this study can be used to inform the development of culturally relevant cervical cancer education inter ventions aimed at addressing the psychological barriers to cervical cancer screening perceived by Ghanaian women.
Description: This article was published in African Health Sciences Vol 13 Issue 4 December 2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10976
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