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Title:
Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake Among Women Aged 18 to 49 Years in Eastleigh Airbase Ward, Nairobi County, Kenya

Authors:
Hagarsu A. M, Kariuki J. G., Affey A. F., Kenya

Abstract:
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in Kenya. Screening uptake is a priority research area, as it reduces the incidence, allows for early diagnosis and treatment. To assess the uptake of cervical cancer screening among women who are 18-49 years of age residing in Eastleigh Airbase Ward Nairobi Kenya. This was a community based descriptive cross-sectional study where quantitative and qualitative data was collected. Analysis was done using IBMSPSS version 23. Chi-square was used to test for significance at a level of p ? 0.05. Key informant interviews was analyzed using NVivo11.The mean age of the participants was 31 years with majority, 99 (40.9%) participants aged 30 - 39 years, while women aged 20 - 29 years less likely to uptake cervical cancer screening (OR 0.440, 95% CI 0.223 - 0.868, P = 0.018). Of 219 women interviewed, 66 (28.8%) utilized the screening services. Sources of information found to be significant were from radio, TV, newspaper, friends, women groups, family members, religious leaders, health care providers, barazas and internet (<0.05). The study findings showed that cervical cancer screening uptake was low, and this shows that the availability and accessibility of the services has not translated to improved uptake of screening

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