“It is big because it’s ruining the lives of many people in Malawi”: Women’s attitudes and beliefs about cervical cancer
12 May 2021

Cervical cancer is a major cause of disease and death in many low-income countries. Prevention strategies have effectively reduced the burden in high-income countries, and this has caused a highly in-equitable global distribution of disease. Adoption of routine cervical cancer screening in Malawi is very low, even though it has the highest cervical cancer burden in the world. We performed a multi-level assessment of Malawian women’s knowledge and perceptions of cervical cancer risk and screening, Malawian women have found low awareness about cervical cancer risk, low perceived susceptibility, and many misconceptions about the role and process of screening. A comprehensive, multi-level approach will be needed if we want to make substantial gains in reducing the burden of cervical cancer in the most-affected countries worldwide.

You can access the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101093

Authors: Corrina Moucheraud, Paul Kawale, Savel Kafwafwa, Roshan Bastani, Risa M.Hoffman


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