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Effect of health education intervention on hepatocellular carcinoma risk factor prevention in Menoufia governorate, Egypt

  • Yehia, Sania Ali1
  • Morad, Wesam Saber1
  • Hendy, Olfat Mohamed1
  • Dorgham, Laila Shehata1
  • 1 National Liver Institute, Gamal Abdel Nasser Street, Shebein El-Kom, Menoufia, Egypt , Menoufia (Egypt)
Published Article
Egyptian Liver Journal
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Jan 13, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s43066-019-0011-x
Springer Nature


BackgroundHepatocellular carcinoma is an important public health problem worldwide and in Egypt. It has a bad prognosis and few treatment options. HCV and HBV infection and exposure to pesticides and aflatoxins are major risk factors for its development, so paying more attention to prevention via raising population awareness about its risk factors may be useful in lowering HCC incidence. This study was implemented to study knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of a rural community of Menoufia governorate, Egypt, pre- and post-health education intervention about HCC and prevention of its risk factors.ResultsSeroprevalence of HCV among study participants was 12.3%, and the health education intervention about HCC and the prevention of its risk factors was effective in increasing the percent of pre-intervention good knowledge score groups about HCC, HBV, and HCV, pesticides, aflatoxins, and total knowledge score from 66.5%, 88.8%, 83.8, 41.9%, and 73.7% respectively to 98.9%, 100%, 100%, and 98.9% post-intervention (p value = 0.000 for each) and was also effective in increasing the pre-intervention positive attitude score groups from 61.5 to 98.9% post-intervention. It was also effective in increasing the pre-intervention safe practice score groups of male and female study participants from 20% and 23% respectively to 94.3% and 93.1% post-intervention.ConclusionsHealth education intervention was effective in improving KAP about HCC and prevention of its risk factors and could be adopted by MOHP as a part of comprehensive program for HCC prevention in rural communities of Menoufia governorate.

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