Naseem Abdullah Al-Thubaiti
Makkah Joint Program
To determine the awareness of the Pap smear test for detecting cervical cancer and associated factors among women visiting a gynecology clinic in a Security Forces Health Centre.
A cross-sectional study was conducted between 29 March 2015 and 23 April 2015 using, an interview-based questionnaire with 270 respondents. The data included in the questionnaire were socio-demographic data and questions about awareness of the Pap smear test and its importance in detecting cervical cancer.
The level of awareness was only 39.3%. The media had the greatest influence on respondents as a source of knowledge (64%), with a significant association with a mean age of 36 years old (P< 0.001),married women (P< 0.003) and women who had taken the test (P< 0.001.
Results of the study showed lack of awareness about the Pap smear test and its importance in detecting cervical cancer among women visiting an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in a Security Forces Health Centre in Makkah Al-Mukarramah.