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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 10-15

Knowledge and practice of prostate cancer screening among men in Birnin Kudu , North- Western Nigeria


1 Centre for Disaster Risk Management Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

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A I Abdulrahman
Centre for Disaster Risk Management Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Nigeria
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Introduction : Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in men . A man's lifetime risk of prostate cancer is one in six. Early diagnosis and treatment helps in preventing mortality from prostate cancer .Nigerian males have been shown to have a high incidence of Prostate cancer . Yet, previous studies have documented poor knowledge of prostate cancer and its screening among them. Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional study conducted in Birnin Kudu, a town in North-Western Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique, followed by systematic random sampling was used to select 270 respondents. A pretested, structured , interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Data analysis was done using the Statistical Package Software for Social Sciences, version 20 Results: Majority of the respondents (60.4%) were aware of Prostate Cancer but most of them (51.3%) have poor knowledge of prostate cancer. Screening for prostate cancer was very low, with only 13.2% of the respondents having screened themselves for prostate cancer. There was a statistically significant association between knowledge of prostate cancer and uptake of prostate cancer screening (p=0.0064). Conclusion: The study revealed poor knowledge of prostate cancer and its risk factors among respondents and a very low practice of prostate cancer screening . There is need for intense and sustained health education campaign on prostate cancer and the importance of screening for it in the study area.


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