Journal of Cancer Education

, 26:555 | Cite as

Knowledge of Cervical Cancer Among 25–54-Year-Old Women in Beijing

  • Caiyan Xu
  • Weiyuan Zhang
  • Minghui Wu
  • Songwen Zhang
Article

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine knowledge of cervical cancer and the relationship between knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical disease in a largely representative Beijing population. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in a Beijing population sample of married women ages 25 to 54 years (n = 6,339), evaluating knowledge and relevant factors with regard to cervical cancer. Knowledge levels were low; only 52.5% (n = 3,328) of the respondents knew that cervical cancer can be detected in its early stage. Only 26.9% reported that human HPV infections were risk factors for cervical cancer. The level of knowledge was lower among older, with less education, less income, unstable profession, and non-Beijing Hukou women (all P < 0.01). An increasing level of knowledge may impact positively on intentions to participate in cervical cancer screening. Education schemes to improve knowledge of cervical cancer should be performed in a multimodel, multichannel method.

Keywords

Cervical cancer Cancer knowledge Cervical cancer knowledge Attitudes 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission Key Project (D0906008040491).

Conflict of interest

We have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caiyan Xu
    • 1
  • Weiyuan Zhang
    • 1
  • Minghui Wu
    • 1
  • Songwen Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology HospitalCapital Medical UniversityBeijingChina

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