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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(12), 1195; doi:10.3390/ijerph13121195

Examining the Cervical Screening Behaviour of Women Aged 50 or above and Its Predicting Factors: A Population-Based Survey

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The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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Academic Editor: Peter Congdon
Received: 28 September 2016 / Revised: 11 November 2016 / Accepted: 23 November 2016 / Published: 2 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Under-screening may increase the risk of cervical cancer in middle-aged women. This study aimed to investigate cervical cancer screening behaviour and its predictors among women aged 50 years or above. A population-based sample of 959 women was recruited by telephone from domestic households in Hong Kong, using random methods, and a structured questionnaire developed to survey participants. Multivariable logistic regressions were performed to examine the factors independently associated with cervical screening behaviour. Nearly half the sample (48%) had never had a cervical smear test. Multivariable analyses showed that age, educational level, marital status, family history of cancer, smoking status, use of complementary therapy, recommendation from health professionals, and believing that regular visits to a doctor or a Chinese herbalist were good for their health were predictors of cervical screening behaviour. Misconceptions concerned with menopause may reduce women’s perceived susceptibility to cervical cancer, especially if they are 50 or above, and exert a negative effect on their screening behaviour. Healthcare professionals should actively approach these high-risk groups–older unmarried women, smokers, those less educated and who are generally not much concerned with their health. View Full-Text
Keywords: cervical cancer; screening behaviour; protection motivation theory; Chinese women; population-based study; menopause cervical cancer; screening behaviour; protection motivation theory; Chinese women; population-based study; menopause
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Chan, C.W.H.; Choi, K.C.; Wong, R.S.; Chow, K.M.; So, W.K.W.; Leung, D.Y.P.; Lam, W.W.T.; Goggins, W. Examining the Cervical Screening Behaviour of Women Aged 50 or above and Its Predicting Factors: A Population-Based Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1195.

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