Awareness of Cervical Cancer among Couples in a Slum Area of Mumbai


To assess the awareness of cervical cancer among couples, data were collected from two urban slums communityin Mumbai. A total of 1958 married women aged from 18 to 49 and their husbands were selected using simplerandom sampling. Women (37.7%) were significantly more aware of cervical cancer than husbands (8.7%). Aslight agreement (kappa statistics=0.16) was observed between husbands and wives on awareness of cervicalcancer. Significantly higher percentages of wives were aware of pap smear test than husbands. Overall, awarenessof cervical cancer and pap smear test among couples is low. There is need to educate and motivate both of themto participate in cervical cancer screening program.