209499 An examination of factors associated with cervical cancer screening behavior

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mikiyasu Hakoyama, PhD , Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Along with breast cancer, cervical cancer is life-threatening for women. An early detection is known to be the key to coping with any type of cancer. Pap test is known to be one of the best ways to protect against cervical cancer. Based on the responses of 2,278 women who responded to the one-time random household health needs assessment survey conducted in the central Michigan area, factors associated with women who had Pap tests were examined. More than 90% reported that they have had Pap tests. Demographic (age, marital status, etc.), behavioral (exercising, smoking, etc.), and health-related (breast cancer screening, etc.) characteristics associated with women who have never had a Pap test were analyzed. Findings in this study will allow community health professionals to pinpoint the target population to address messages and strategies that help women to actively engage in Pap testing, which, in turn, will contribute to improving community health.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify demographic and behavioral characteristics associated with Pap testing. 2. Describe the processes for identifying target-specific health behaviors associated with Pap testing. 3. Discuss recommendations to develop effective approaches promote women to engage in Pap testing.

Keywords: Women's Health, Cancer Screening

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have no conflict of interest. I have no association with any commercial entities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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