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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-116

Education to increase early detection and myths about cancer among population in sub-district Medan Selayang Indonesia

1 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Sumut, Indonesia
2 Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Sumut, Indonesia

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Sry Suryani Wdjaja
Dr. Mansur No. 5, Medan, Sumut
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCFM.IJCFM_32_19

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Introduction: Cancer is estimated to affect about 14 million new cases globally each year. In Indonesia, the incidence is estimated at about 347,000 new cases each year. Most cancer patients seek medical advice only at advanced stage due to ignorance and lack of knowledge. Aims: This is a community service study with the aim to conduct the training of tutor (TOT) of social health-care workers about awareness, early detection, and myths of cancer in subdistrict Medan Selayang, Indonesia. Settings and Design: This is a community service study. Material and Methods: Two hundred and five social health-care workers were trained on “Early Detection and myths about cancer” covering six sessions in six rural areas. A competition was held after 1 month of training. Statistical Analysis Used: t-test was used to perform the statistical analysis. Results: There was a statistically significant increase (P = 0.03) in Inspeksi visual asam asetat (IVA) participants (n = 95) in 2018 compared to 2017 (n = 26). Most of the 2017 participants were around 30 years and 45 years old (65%) and were not well educated (63%). The myths of cancer among the participants was assessed as good (20%), average (30%), and below expectation (50%). Conclusion: TOT of social health-care workers shows a good response on educating people about early detection and myths of cancer. Social health-care providers play an important role in improving community health care.

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