Cervical cancer is a major public health care burden. It can be prevented with proper screening if diagnosed early.
Objective: This study aims to assess women’s knowledge on cancer cervix and its screening. To recognise the barriers preventing women to access the cervical cancer screening. To assess women s awareness on HPV vaccine.
Method: Cross sectional study conducted in Kurji Holy Family hospital where 200 patients were chosen randomlyand questionnaire filled by them to asses their knowledge on cerival cancer and its screening along with knowledge on HPV vaccination.
Results: Majority of patients belonged to 45-60 years. Only 61 participants had heard of cervical cancer and only 9 of them were aware of HPV as a cause of cancer. 22% knew about pap smear with 1 % gaining knowledge from media. Only 37 participants knew about HPV vaccination. Post counselling 79% agreed for undergoing pap test and 41 agreed for get their vaccinated.
Conclusion: In this study the knowledge of cervical cancer and pap smear is very poor but majority of participants showed positive attitude post counselling. Social media and the government needs to play active role in spreading awareness and improving accessibility among the women.