n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceived benefits of cervical cancer screening amongst women attending a primary healthcare facility in the Tshwane district of Gauteng Province, South Africa of health care services - : management of health care services

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Cervical cancer is preventable if precancerous lesions are diagnosed early through screening and can be cured through treatment. The purpose of this study was to determine the belief of women attending a primary healthcare facility in the Tshwane district, Gauteng province, about the perceived benefits of cervical cancer screening. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted among 342 women attending the facility using a self-administered questionnaire. Associations between perceived benefits and socio-demographic variables were determined with the Chi test. Binary logistic regression was used to determine the significant predictor for a Papanicolaou (Pap) cervical cancer screening test. The mean age of the participants was 43.03 years (SD=10.83). The cervical cancer screening rate was 60.8%. High perceived benefits rates were significantly associated with age (χ2=6.1975, Pr=0.045), marital status (χ2=15.985, Pr=0.003), occupational status (χ2=13.014, Pr=0.011), educational level (χ2=30.464, Pr=0.000), place of residence (χ2=6.152, Pr=0.046) and oral contraceptive use (χ2=5.295, Pr=0.021). Although the relative high cervical cancer screening rates observed at the clinic might be a reflection of the high perceived benefit of cervical cancer screening amongst the women who use the facility, the rate is still below the national target of 70%.

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