CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · South Asian J Cancer 2023; 12(01): 030-035
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1754344
Original Article
Cervical Cancer

The Relationship between Gynecological Cancer Awareness and Self-Care Agency in Married Women

1   Department of Midwifery, Munzur University Faculty of Health Sciences, Tunceli, Turkey
2   Department of Nursing, İstanbul Gedik University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey
3   Department of Nursing, Fırat University Faculty of Health Sciences, Elazığ, Turkey
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Objective This study was conducted to determine the relationship between gynecological cancer awareness and self-care agency among married women.

Materials and Methods This descriptive and cross-sectional study was performed with 819 women who presented to the obstetrics polyclinic of a hospital located in the west of Turkey between December 15, 2020 and April 15, 2021. The data of the study were collected by using the Exercise of Self-Care Agency Scale (ESCA) and the Gynecological Cancers Awareness Scale (GCAS).

Results The mean age of the participants was 37.62 ± 9.181 years. The mean ESCA score of the women who participated in this study was 95.89 ± 25.060, which indicated moderate levels of self-care agency. The mean total GCAS score of the participants of this study was 156.57 ± 32.930, which indicated high levels of gynecological cancer awareness among the women. As the self-care agency of the women increased, their awareness of gynecological cancers also increased.

Conclusion Midwives and nurses who provide preventive and supportive healthcare services may affect the self-care agency of women positively by gynecological cancer awareness they will raise in these women.

Summary of the Main Findings

As the self-care agency of the women increased, their awareness of gynecological cancers also increased.

Publication History

Article published online:
19 September 2022

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