Perceptions and practices of a Pakistani population regarding cervical cancer screening

Sardar Zakariya Imam, Fatima Rehman, Malik Muhammad Zeeshan, Bilal Maqsood, Sameen Asrar, Noor Fatima, Fawad Aslam, Muhammad Rizwanul Haq Khawaja

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Abstract

Cervical cancer is among the three leading causes of cancers among females worldwide. It is also among the three most common causes of cancer deaths among females, about 80% of which occur in less developed countries. The present cross-sectional knowledge, attitude and practice survey was carried out to determine the perceptions and practices of a Pakistani female population regarding cervical cancer screening. Through convenient sampling, 192 subjects were recruited and administered a pre-tested and structured questionnaire. About 5% of subjects knew that screening was available for cervical cancer. Only 2.6% of the sample had ever received a Pap test. The most common reason cited for not having received a Pap test was the lack of information. In conclusion, the Pakistani population studied here demonstrated a very low coverage of the Pap test and a poor knowledge regarding its utility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-44
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cancer Research

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