Opinions of the Urban Women on Pap test: Evidence from Bangladesh

Document Type: Research Articles

Authors

1 Department of Sociology Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur, Bangladesh.

2 Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

3 Department of Sociology and Anthropology Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS) International Islamic University Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4 Department of Public Health, Faculty of Allied Health Science Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Each year, many countries from developed world publishes reports on early cancer detection; which is absolutely
absent in most developing countries like Bangladesh.Very limited evidence is found on the role and acceptance of Pap
test among the women of Bangladesh in determining cervical cancer. More research and updates are needed relating Pap
test in early detection of cervical cancer. Thus the purpose of this study is set to assess the opinions of Bangladeshiurban
womentowardsthe Pap test. A questionnaire-based survey of 400 Bangladeshi urban women was evaluated by on their
socio-demographic characteristics, knowledgeand attitudes towards Pap testing. In general, the findings reveal that
respondents havea good understanding of thepurpose of Pap test screening with 3.92 (Mean score). With 3.54 Mean
score,the respondents believed that Pap tests are recommended to women who are married and with 3.45 mean score
women believed that Pap tests arerecommended only to those who have children. Generally, respondents possess good
knowledge of Pap test and its purpose. These findings can be used in identifying prospect cervical cancer screening
significance populations and trend for future intrusion.

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