Assessment of Knowledge and Perception on Prevention of Prostate Cancer Among Male Staff in Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State

Introduction: Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer that affects men all over the world, and is regarded as a major health concern due to its high incidence, death and treatment costs. This study assessed male staff members at Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, on their level of knowledge about prostate cancer as well as their perceptions of its prevention.

Method: The data from 162 male staff members of the University were collected using a structured questionnaire regarding their knowledge of prostate cancer and its prevention as well as their health-seeking behaviours about the disease. Inferential and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data, with a 5% level of significance.

Result: Majority of the respondents (45.7%) were aged 18-28 years; most were Christians (86.4%), with 18.5% working as administrative staff, 13.6% as drivers, 21.0% as clerical officer, and 32.1% as lecturers. Only 6.8% had a family history of prostate cancer; 84.6% had excellent knowledge of the disease, with 88.2% having a favorable perception.

Conclusion: The study found that people with a family history of prostate cancer were more knowledgeable. Educated participants also expressed a desire to learn more about their health issues. Health awareness programmes should be reinforced to promote awareness and educate people about prostate cancer on a regular basis.

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