Testing the level of awareness on testicular cancer among the UAE residents

Date
2018-04
Authors
Topolskaya, Elizabeth
Ghani, Iqra
D'Silva, Jessica
Abdulwahab, Abdulrahman
AlAbayechi, Siraj
El Khatib, Rami
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Journal ISSN
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Publisher
Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Abstract
This research article presents a quantitative study conducted in the UAE in efforts to test the level of awareness regarding general knowledge on testicular cancer (TC) and self-examination practices among male and female residents. The determined level of understanding will help tailor the educational campaigns in order to provide information specific to the public need. The survey focused on 529 UAE residents, prioritizing males (71%) above females (29%). Less than 25% correctly identifies the age group, which has the highest risk of developing TC. Only approximately 30% of participants chose correct risk factors for developing TC. Furthermore, almost 50% of the surveyed individuals thought of lack of sexual function as a symptom of spread TC, which could create a fear barrier towards contacting health professionals in case of any concerns. Lastly, the results revealed that nearly half of male respondents either never or rarely self-examined. Our study suggested that the general public in the region currently possesses little information regarding the symptoms, risk groups and self-examination practices; thus, showcasing the necessity of educational campaigns targeted at improving levels of awareness. Using some of the recommendations we highlight as a means to address the current situation. © 2018, Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. All rights reserved.
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This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this article is published in Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development (2018), available online at: http://www.ijphrd.com/issues.html
Keywords
Awareness, Education, Testicular cancer, UAE residents, Attitude to health, Cancer risk, Cancer test, Controlled study, Health education, Health survey, High risk population, Human, Major clinical study, Risk assessment, Risk factor, Sexual function, Testicular self examination, Testis cancer, United Arab Emirates
Citation
Topolskaya, E., Ghani, I., D’Silva, J., Abdulwahab, A., Alabayechi, S., & Khatib, R. E. (2018). Testing the level of awareness on testicular cancer among the UAE residents. Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, 9(4), 296–300