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Knowledge towards Cervical and Breast Cancers among Industrial Workers: Results from a Multisite Study in Northern Vietnam

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Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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UnivLyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
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Center of Excellence in Behavioral Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore 119074, Singapore
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Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119228, Singapore
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Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech), National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077, Singapore
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4301; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214301
Received: 24 September 2019 / Revised: 19 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 5 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women's Reproductive and Maternal Health)
Breast and cervical cancer cases are rising among service and industrial women workers in Vietnam. We conducted a cross-sectional study among 287 workers in three factories in Hanoi and Bac Ninh from July to September 2018 to describe the knowledge of these cancers among industrial workers in Northern Vietnam using a structured questionnaire. Factors associated with knowledge of breast and cervical cancer were identified using generalized linear models (GLM). In our study, approximately one-third of participants believed breast cancer was caused by the lack of breastfeeding, exposure to pollution, and chemicals. Less than 50% knew about sexually transmitted infections that can cause cervical cancer or were aware of a vaccine for cervical cancer. Having one sexual partner within the last year was positively associated with having a higher score of knowledge for both diseases. Receiving a medical checkup within the last 12 months and seeking health information via the internet were related to greater breast cancer knowledge. Targeted education campaigns are needed to ensure proper knowledge and improve awareness of breast cancer and cervical cancer among industrial workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial worker; factory worker; cervical cancer; breast cancer; Vietnam; sexual health; women’s health industrial worker; factory worker; cervical cancer; breast cancer; Vietnam; sexual health; women’s health
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Tran, B.X.; Vo, T.; Dang, A.K.; Nguyen, Q.N.; Nguyen, C.T.; Hoang, C.L.; Do, K.N.; Latkin, C.A.; Ho, C.S.H.; Ho, R.C.M. Knowledge towards Cervical and Breast Cancers among Industrial Workers: Results from a Multisite Study in Northern Vietnam. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4301.

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