Table 2

Knowledge of women about main presenting symptoms, Prevention measures and treatment options of cervical cancer, Gondar town, Ethiopia, April 2010
Symptoms* Number Percent
Bleeding and pain after sexual intercourse 99 15.7
Post menopausal bleeding 80 12.7
Excessive vaginal discharge 187 29.7
Offensive vaginal discharge 222 35.3
Abnormal bleeding between periods 91 14.5
Others 17 2.7
Don’t know 249 39.6
Prevention measures* Number Percent
Regular medical checkup/screening** 345 54.8
Vaccine for HPV 38 6.0
Delaying sexual debut 39 6.2
Being faithful to sexual partner 38 6.0
Consistent condom use 14 2.2
Others 23 3.7
Don’t know 227 36.1
Treatment options*
Radiation therapy 171 27.2
Surgery 210 33.4
Chemotherapy 218 34.6
Others 3 0.5
Don’t know 213 33.9%
Stage at which cervical cancer can be cured
Early 332 52.8
Cannot be cured at any time 94 14.9
Any time 6 1.0
Late 13 2.1
Do not know 184 29.1

402(63.9%) of the respondents knew that cervical cancer can be prevented.

*Percent may exceed 100% as multiple answers are possible.

**Data, that confirms whether women who had heard about Pap smear are included in the group that identified "regular medical checkup/screening" as one of the preventive measures, is not reported.

Getahun et al.

Getahun et al. BMC Cancer 2013 13:2   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-2

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