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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-50

Associated factors with cervical pre-malignant lesions among the married fisher women community at Sadras, Tamil Nadu

1 College of Nursing, Chengalpattu Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Nursing services, Global Hospitals and Health City, India

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Sornam Ganesan
College of Nursing, Chengalpattu Medical College, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.146223

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Objective: To identify the associated factors of cervical pre-malignant lesions among the married fisher women residing in the coastal areas of Sadras, Tamil Nadu. Methods: The study was conducted in five fishermen communities under Sadras, a coastal area in Tamil Nadu, India. Two hundred and fifty married fisher women residing in the area. Quantitative descriptive approach with a cross-sectional study design was used. Data were collected using a structured interview schedule for identifying the associated factors and Pap smear test was performed for identifying the pre-malignant cervical lesions among the married fisher women. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: Among 250 women, about six (2.4%) of them presented with pre-cancerous lesions such as atypical squamous cell of undifferentiated significance (ASCUS) - five (2%) and mild dysplasia one (0.4%). Majority of the women, about 178 (71.2%) women, had abnormal cervical findings. Statistical analysis showed a significant association of risk factors such as advanced age, lack of education, low socioeconomic status, using tobacco, multiparity, premarital sex, extramarital relationship, using cloth as sanitary napkin, etc. Conclusion: The study findings clearly show the increased vulnerable state of the fisher women for acquiring cervical cancer as they had many risk factors contributing to the same.

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