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Gender differences in knowledge of testicular cancer among students at a South African university

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-06 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T17:59:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T17:59:06Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2122
dc.description.abstract Testicular cancer (TC) is the most common form of cancer among men. Lack of knowledge of male cancers is a major contributor to delays in seeking care for cancer symptoms and prevention of TC. The focus on this study was to examine gender differences in knowledge of testicular cancer (TC) and testicular self-examination (TSE) among students at an African university. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among male and female university students. A total of 1,300 first year students were approached to participate and 976 (44.8% = male and 55.2% = female accepted; giving a response rate of 75.1%. A chi square test was used to examine the differences between male and female respondents in terms of knowledge of male cancers, TC and TSE. Only 54.2% of the sample had ever heard of male cancers. Knowledge of TC and TSE was quite low, with only 40% ever hearing of testicular cancer. Only 22% of the sample had ever heard of TSE and 15% identified a lump as a correct symptom of TC. Only 9% knew that there was some genetic predisposition to TC and 22% correctly identified the correct age-groups at risk for TC. Overall, males had significantly higher levels of awareness (p<.001). However, there was no significant association between gender and knowledge of at least one correct symptom, at least one correct, correctly identifying the ages at risk of TC and methods of preventing TC. While males are more aware of male cancers and TC compared to women, their knowledge appears to be more general in nature. Male knowledge of specific aspects of TC which include knowledge of at least one correct symptom, knowledge of the ages at risk of TC and knowledge of at least one correct cause of TC did not statistically differ from that of females. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE LEVEL en
dc.subject TESTICULAR CANCER en
dc.title Gender differences in knowledge of testicular cancer among students at a South African university en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 1(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle Palliative Medicine and Nursing en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8467 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 7228 en
dc.bibliographictitle Setswe, G., Marindo, R. & Ilic, D. (2015) Gender differences in knowledge of testicular cancer among students at a South African university. <i>Palliative Medicine and Nursing</i>. 1(2):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Setswe, G. en
dc.contributor.author2 Marindo, R. en
dc.contributor.author3 Ilic, D. en


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