Determination of Cancer Awareness of University Students
It is important for youth have knowledge about cancer and gain awareness to prevent cancer and early diagnosis.
This cross-sectional study was conducted to determine levels of cancer awareness among health sciences and social sciences students.
The study was conducted 300 students who studied at the health and social sciences faculty of Trakya University in Edirne city, Turkey. The questionnaire, containing 29 items, was developed by researchers after a review of the literature. p<0.05 value was accepted as statistically significant.
The mean age of the students was 21.02±1.86 years, 64% of the students were female, 51% of the students were nursing students. 23.7% had a history of cancer within their family and 43.7% lost a relative due to cancer. When the answers given by nursing students and business students to the questions are compared to 94.8% of the nursing students stated that cancer was not a contagious disease, 98% of the nursing students stated that smoking can cause cancer, 96.1% of the nursing students stated that breast cancer being the most common cancer type in women, 61.4% of the nursing students know that vaccinated against cervical cancer were statistically significant.
Nursing students were more aware of their cancer awareness than the department of business students. We think that seminars and conferences are aimed at increasing cancer awareness of business students will contribute positively.