Determinants of Cervical Cancer Screening Uptake in Kurdish Women Living in Western Iran, 2014


Epidemiology and Statistics Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Siences, Tabriz, Iran


Background Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among females across the world. It is a preventable cancer and early detection is very feasible. This study aimed to identify which women characteristics are potentially associated with and may have an important in uence on the uptake of cervical cancer screening in Kurdish women living in the west of Iran.. Materials and Methods A cross sectional study was conducted in late 2014. A random sample of women aged 40 years and above without history of cervical cancer and identi ed as Kurdish background were selected and interviewed by two trained interviewers. Information about sociodemographic and reproductive factors, history of diseases, and cervical screening was collected using a questionnaire and women who had undergone a hysterectomy were excluded. Univariate analyses were used to describe the general characteristics of the study population. Multivariable logistic regression models with self-reported screening history were used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) with 95% con dence intervals (CI). Signi cance was considered at the 5% level. Results A total of 561 women were included in this study (mean age 43.65.17 years) participation in cervical screening at least once was about 32%. Cervical screening uptake percentage was signi cantly lower among people over 60 years of age (adjusted OR 0.26, 95% CI 0.11-0.64), and those who were illiterate (OR0.41 95% CI 0.23-0.73) and post-menopausal (OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.35- 0.91). Women with 1 child were less likely to report a Pap test (adjusted OR.43 95%CI 0.13-1.37) Cervical screening uptake was higher among women with health insurance (OR 2.31, 95% CI 1.50- 3.56). Conclusions Cervical screening participation in this study was low compared to other studies in developed countries. The screening uptake was different based on age, education, parity, insurance coverage and menopausal status. It is recommended to target these groups of women in cervical screening program.