Attitudes of the greek young women (aged 16-26 years) towards Papanicolaou test and cancer of the uterine cervix

Kalampokas T1, Gregory S2, Maravelakis P3, Msaouel P1, Salakos N1, Kyriopoulos J2

1Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieio hospital, Athens, Greece

2National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece

3University of Aegean, Greece

Correspondence: Salakos N, 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieio hospital, 76 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, GR-11528, Greece

 


 

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the attitudes of Greek young women towards Pap-test and its role in uterine cervix cancer prevention. Material and methods: We used a questionnaire in order to identify the basic aspects of Greek women health attitudes towards Pap-test and other gynaecological health aspects. Results: The results show a lack even of basic knowledge for Pap-test and its usefulness in preventing cervical cancer. Conclusions: Educational programs should be implemented in order to increase recognition of the benefits of Pap-test in uterine cancer prevention.
 

Key words: Pap-test; health attitudes; uterine cervix cancer