Among many problems which should be provided with health promotion one of
the most important is a cervical cancer (WHO, 2009). In Poland are being run many social
campaigns but none of them is directed toward highschool
youths. An unique project of
social campaign aimed at youths was created in close collaboration of University of Silesia
with Medical University of Silesia. The campaign is being run since September 2009.
The project is divided into two stages. Firstly, we diagnosed level of awareness and
attitudes toward cancer among high school youths (622 respondents). Secondly, basing on
the knowledge from the first stage we created an interactive workshop. Students who are
participating in workshops are filling in two questionnaires diagnosing change of their
attitudes towards health (in the process).
The analyse of scientific material from the first stage shows that most of respondents
have not visited gynaecologist so far. 39,5% students are unrealistic optimists as
far as their own potential illness is considered. There are serious lacks in knowledge
about cervical cancer, moreover, the lowest level of health awareness is observed among
girls who are sexually active (23% of respondents).