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Thyroid cancer risk factors and Pakistani University students’ awareness towards its preventive practice
Iqbal A., Azhar S., , Iqbal M.M., I.A. Khan, Arfat Yameen M., G. Murtaza,
Published in SAGE Publications Ltd
PMID: 32437225
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Pages: 570 - 578
Objectives: Thyroid Cancer is one of the rarest cancers but its prevalence has been increasing worldwide for the last couple of decades. Methods: The data collection tool was designed to assess knowledge, awareness, perception, and attitude towards preventive practices of thyroid cancer in Pakistani university students. The data were collected over a duration of six months and a total number of 3722 students participated. Results: The knowledge of risk factors of thyroid cancer was an important parameter of this study. The students who knew all the early signs of thyroid cancer were 28.7%. In this study, the independent variables such as age, gender, demographic location, and financial status were found to be highly significant with knowledge, attitude towards warning signs of cancer, and the perception of students about developing thyroid cancer. Conclusions: The participants were found to have poor knowledge about early signs of thyroid cancer. The study participants perception, behavior, and attitude towards preventive practices of thyroid cancer were found inadequate and appropriate measures on a National level should be taken to enhance the knowledge about preventive practices of thyroid cancer. Increasing knowledge and awareness shall help decrease the overall morbidity and mortality linked with thyroid carcinomas and thyroid diseases. © The Author(s) 2020.
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JournalData powered by TypesetJournal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
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Open AccessNo