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Table 2 Knowledge, attitude, and practice toward cervical cancer and Papanicolaou test in women included in the study (N = 440)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward cervical cancer prevention among women in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia

Variables Number Percent
Had ever heard about cervical cancer
 No 114 25.9
 Yes 326 74.0
Had ever heard about the Pap test
 No 288 65.6
 Yes 151 34.4
Information source
 From a medical staffs or a hospital 15 9.8
 Radio, TV newspaper 60 39.4
 Othersa 77 50.6
Cervical cancer can be detected early by screening
 No 256 58.2
 Yes 184 41.8
The most important risk factor of cervical cancer
 Having many sexual partner 204 46.3
 Having many child birth 57 12.9
 Smoking 31 7.0
 Old age 10 2.2
 Human papilloma virus 8 1.8
 Alcohol drinking 7 1.5
 Do not know 123 27.9
The optimal frequency of the Pap test
 Every 3 year 89 20.2
 When symptom appears 70 15.9
 Every 1 or 2 years 67 15.2
 From age 30 with 3 to 5 years interval 38 8.6
 Every 6 months 15 3.4
 Once in a lifetime at any age 6 1.3
 Don’t know 155 35.2
Cervical cancer is a fatal disease
 No 66 15.0
 Serious but curable disease 143 32.5
 Very fatal disease 231 52.5
Health seeking behavior when symptom appears
 Go to health center 236 53.6
 Consult with doctor immediately 93 21.1
 Visit Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia 58 13.1
 Got to a traditional healer 23 5.2
 Othersb 30 6.8
Had ever had the Pap test
 No 409 92.9
 Yes 31 7.0
  1. afamily member, relative, friend, school, NGO, missionary, lecture and health magazine
  2. bOriental medicine, village nurse
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