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

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

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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