Saturday, February 4, 2017
Survey reveals low awareness on cause of cervical cancer among Kenyan women .
As Kenya joins the world in marking World Cancer Day , a new survey has revealed that majority of Kenyan women are not aware of the main cause of cervical cancer, despite the disease being a top killer. The survey, involving women in Kenya’s major cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu indicates that 97 per cent are not aware of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) - the sexually transmitted virus that has been established to cause virtually all cases of cervical cancer. Instead, the survey reveals widespread misconceptions about the causes of the disease with many women attributing it to frequent abortions. The survey, conducted in October 2016, was commissioned by Lancet Group of Labs and Alison Productions, and was conducted by the research firm Consumer Options Limited. It involved 327 women in the three cities aged 18 to 60 years. continue