571P - Level of cancer awareness among college students from South India

Date 18 December 2016
Event ESMO Asia 2016 Congress
Session Poster lunch
Topics Aetiology, epidemiology, screening and prevention
Presenter VENKATESH Mushini
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (suppl_9): ix184-ix189. 10.1093/annonc/mdw603
Authors V. Mushini
  • Dept Of Medical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, 517507 - Tirupati/IN

Abstract

Background

Cancer has become one of the main health problems in the present era and is the second leading cause of death in India. In India, and especially in South India, few studies have been conducted to address the cancer awareness. The aim of present study is to assess the level of cancer awareness among the college students.

Methods

The sample comprised of 1000 college students aged 18-23yrs from University of Osmania, Hyderabad. Data were collected using face-to-face interviews. Level of cancer awareness was measured using a validated Cancer Awareness Measure (CAM) questionnaire. The collected data was codified and analysed using SPSS software linking the demographic variable to the outcome variable i.e. knowledge level. The knowledge score was computed based on the sum total of identified responses on the specific items of the knowledge.

Results

The knowledge score classification showed only 20.5% and 28.1% had “good knowledge score” for warning signs and risk factors respectively and (35% & 25% - poor), remainder had an average score. Mean knowledge score for warning signs and risk factors were 6.56 (SD 1.97) and 6.25 (SD 1.19) respectively on a 10 point scale. Gender showed an effect on level of knowledge with females had better knowledge score for both warning signs & risk factors (p = 0.0001).

Conclusions

The study reflected the overall low level of knowledge/awareness among the college students on cancer warning signs and risk factors. Therefore, it warrants the need of strong knowledge base about cancer among college students, there is urgent need of countrywide information, education and communication campaign about cancer so that general population can easily identify the initial symptoms of the disease.

Clinical trial indentification

Legal entity responsible for the study

N/A

Funding

Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.