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Knowledge about Cervical Cancer Risk Factors and Pap Smear Testing Behavior among Female Primary Health Care Workers: A Study from South Turkey
- Coskun, Savas (Family Health Center Number 11) ;
- Can, Huseyin (Department of Family Medicine, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Katip celebi University) ;
- Turan, Sercan (Department of Family Medicine, Ataturk Education and Research Hospital, Katip celebi University)
- Published : 2013.11.30
Background: Cervical cancer is one of the ten most frequent cancers in Turkey. We here examined knowledge about cervical cancer in relation to Papanicolaou (Pap) testing among female primary health care workers in Hatay, a city is located in the south of Turkey. Materials and Methods: The study was completed on 261 women healthcare workers who were or had been sexually active and who accepted to participate to the study. The participants gave verbal informed consent and thereafter questionnaires prepared by the investigators were administered by personal interview. Results: Only 30.3% (n=79) of the participants regularly had a gynecologic examination. While 87.4% (n=228) of the participants reported that they had already heard about the Pap smear test, only 45.2% (n=118) had undergone this test. It was determined that had undergone an average of
Cervical cancer;risk factors;Pap smear test;public health workers;Turkey
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