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Knowledge and awareness among Iranian women regarding the pap smear

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Author(s): Forough Javanmanesh | Farideh Dadkhah | Nasrin Zarepour

Journal: Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
ISSN 1016-1430

Volume: 22;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 68;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: knowledge | pap smear | cervical carcinoma

ABSTRACT
  Abstract   Background: Screening is a necessity for country health systems. In undeveloped   countries that have no screening programs, cervical carcinoma is one of the   major causes of mortality and morbidity. Although cervical cancer is preventable   it is poorly controlled in some countries. The main cause of it is unawareness of   people from cervical cancer and screening methods.   Methods: The target population consisted of a consecutive sample of 1002 female   patients, 15-45 years old, visiting the city health care centers in Tehran for   any reason between January 2006 and January 2007. We used a self-administered,   written, anonymous, multiple choice questionnaire that was developed by   the study authors. Statistical significance was defined as P
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