Factors associated with cervical cancer screening among women aged 30-60 years in the Taktok sub-district health promotion hospital in Tak Province
Keywords:screening, cervical cancer, barrier perception
Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer among women worldwide. An early cervical cancer screening is essential to help prevent and control cervical cancer. This cross-sectional analytical study aims to investigate the factors related to cervical cancer screening among women aged 30-60 years and in the care of the Taktok Sub-district Health Promotion Hospital in the Bantak district of Tak province. The data were collected by using questionnaires from the sample group of 378 participants. The associations between the factors related to cervical cancer screening were analyzed through multiple logistic regression. The results showed that the factors associated with the cervical cancer screening consisted of marital status (adjusted OR = 3.37, 95%CI: 2.03-5.60, p<0.001); history of previous contraception usage (adjusted OR = 1.92, 95%CI:1.20-3.07, p=0.006); advice from physicians (adjusted OR = 5.89, 95%CI: 2.44-14.23, p<0.001); a moderate level of barrier perception (adjusted OR = 10.03, 95%CI: 1.24-81.35, p=0.031); and a low level of barrier perception (adjusted OR = 32.11, 95%CI: 3.97-259.92, p=0.001). In conclusion, the factors associated with cervical cancer screening are as follows: marital status; previous contraception; advice from physicians; and low and moderate levels of barrier perception. Therefore, the program design for a cervical cancer screening program should emphasize such factors in order to increase the coverage of cervical cancer screening.
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