Table 1

Survey questions, and absolute and relative (%) number of expected answers on knowledge
Questions Expected answer N (%) with score = 1
1. Which diseases of the female genital tract do you know? Description of at least one of the following diseases: leucorrhoea, infections, cancer of the uterine cervix, ovarian cysts or tumours, uterine myomas or tumours, dysmenorrhea, galactorrhoea 503 (96.0) 1
2. Have you ever heard about cervical cancer? Yes 429 (81.9)
3. How did you hear about it? Oral communication, newspaper, television, radio, conference, medical doctor or at the hospital, at a church or a school, or through a non-governmental organisation 434 (82.8)
4. What are the causes of cervical cancer? Many sexual partners, use of plants for intimate care, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, papilloma virus, old age 101 (19.3)
5. In your close circle of acquaintances, do you know someone who has had cervical cancer? Yes 79 (15.1)
6. How can cervical cancer be treated? Surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy 90 (17.2)
7. How can you prevent cervical cancer? Avoid multiple sexual partners, avoid HIV infection, use condoms 92 (17.6)
8. Have you ever heard about cervical smears? Yes 88 (16.8)
9. Do you know that suspect lesions can be detected early? Yes 303 (57.8)

1241 participants (46.0%) spontaneously mentioned three or more items from the list and got 3 points; 126 (24.0%) gave two items and got 2 points; and 136 (26.0%) gave one item and got one point. The remaining 21 women (4.0%) did not describe any of the listed diseases.

Ali-Risasi et al.

Ali-Risasi et al. BMC Women's Health 2014 14:30   doi:10.1186/1472-6874-14-30

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