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Table 4 Attitude assessment of cervical cancer among participants who had heard of cervical cancer (n = 360)

From: Women’s knowledge and attitudes related to cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening in Isiolo and Tharaka Nithi counties, Kenya: a cross-sectional study

Questions to assess attitudes related to cervical cancer Yes Not sure No
  n % n % n %
My chances of getting cervical cancer in the next few years are high. 85 23.6 66 18.3 209 58.1
I feel I will get cervical cancer some time during my life. 54 15 61 16.9 245 68.1
The thought of cervical cancer scares me. 321 89.2 8 2.2 31 8.6
Problems I would experience with cervical cancer would last a long time. 274 76.1 23 6.4 63 17.5
Cervical cancer would threaten a relationship with my boyfriend, husband or partner. 204 56.7 37 10.3 119 33.1
If I developed cervical cancer, I would not live longer than 5 years. 172 47.8 41 11.4 147 40.8
Having cervical exams takes too much time. 43 11.9 119 33.1 198 55
Having cervical exams is too painful. 71 19.7 142 39.4 147 40.8
Health care workers doing cervical exams are rude to women. 34 9.4 105 29.2 221 61.4
I have other problems more important than having cervical exams in my life. 66 18.3 12 3.3 282 78.3
I am too old to have cervical exams regularly. 29 8.1 8 2.2 323 89.7
There is no health centre close to my house to have cervical exams. 100 27.8 21 5.8 239 66.4
If there is cancer development in my destiny, having cervical exams will not prevent it. 140 38.9 27 7.5 193 53.6
I prefer a female health worker to conduct cervical exams. 201 55.8 20 5.6 139 38.6
I will never have cervical exams if I have to pay for it. 145 40.3 11 3.1 204 56.7
I would be ashamed to lie on a gynaecologic examination table and show my private parts during a cervical exam. 61 16.9 4 1.1 295 81.9
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  2. % percentage