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July 2018 Vol. 6 No.7

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Merit Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2354-323X) Vol. 6(7) pp. 241-247, July, 2018 

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Original Research Article

Assessing awareness towards cervical cancer screening (Pap smear) among women in Tikrit-Iraq


Mouroge Khalif Attia1, Nisreen Mohammed Ibraheem2 and Rafah Sami Ayoub3


1Gynecology ward-Salah-aldeen general hospital-Tikrit
2College of medicine-Tikrit University, Department of Gynecology
3Department of basic sciences college of dentistry-Mosul university

*Corresponding Authors’ E-mail: dr_rafahsami@yahoo.com

Accepted July 09, 2018




Cancer is a disease in which the cells grow out of control all women are at risk of cervical cancer most often over 30 years. A prospective study was done in the gynecology ward in Salah-Aldeen general hospital from 1- February to 30 August 2017.A total of Three hundred (300)married women, age ranged between 20-65 years old, were attended, this cross sectional study was carried out as questionnaire in a face to face interview covering knowledge, attitude, and practices of the pap smear about 1/3 of the women 111 (37%) had knowledge about pap smear and about half of women 143 (47%) had knowledge about cervical cancer. Only 93 (31%) had experience of pap smear at least once previously. The most common cause was low experience and lack of counseling 67.6%), also fear of vaginal examination (34%) and frightens of painful procedure (29%). Awareness (Knowledge, attitude and practice) of pap smear as screening for cervical cancer among women in Tikrit city was low. However, the attitude toward screening was positive. There is a need to improve awareness on cervical cancer screening by educating and encouraging women to participate in a cervical cancer screening program would be highly beneficial in early detection and reducing cervical cancer

Keywords: Pap smear, cervical cancer, knowledge, attitude, Tikrit, Iraq






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