Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed among women in India but current estimates indicate that very few are screened. The goal of this study was to identify determinants to seeking, receiving, and delivering preventive health care with a focus on cervical cancer screening, among women residing in rural and tribal areas.
To gather in-depth perspectives, we used photovoice with Anganwadi community workers with a total of 14 women between 30-51 years, residing in rural and tribal villages around Mysore, participating in the project. A consistent theme that came up during data collection, was the lack of knowledge about cervical cancer and how it affects women. Participants reported misconceptions about screening exams and several also reported a strong sense of despair as it related to cervical cancer. Religion and health were often inter-twined in these narratives.
We believe that findings from this study could encourage the participation of women in cervical cancer screening activities, correct misconceptions that may exist and contribute to designing appropriate educational materials that promote a culture of prevention and cancer screening behaviors, currently non-existent in this population.
What lies underneath?
It’s itchy and painful
Temple vs. clinic
Listening to health worker
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