Socio-Cultural Beleifs, Awareness and Prevention of Tobacco Related Cancers in Southsouth Nigeria
Gloria E. Archibong, MD and Arit A. Archibong, MD. nil, Cancer Society of Nigeria, 57 Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Calabar, Nigeria
Objective: To determine the level of awareness of tobacco related cancers: ascertain the socio-cultural beliefs that may affect use of tobacco and tobacco products, and the myths surruonding tobacco related cancers.
Methods: Information was acquired from patients presenting at our clinic on their awareness of concerns, prevention, and beliefs, close contacts with persons who have had cancers or symptoms suggestive of cancers, and what they think about such concerns and beliefs. We also used questionaires structured to bring out the above information and Focus group discussions.
Results: It was noted during the study that compliance was quite low due to the poor socio-economic status of the populace,beliefs and myths such as withcraft governed most of the responses.Also concerns for these issues have lost prominence in the health planners list; thus the low level of awareness and preventive measures.