Journal article

Self-sampling for cervical screening: could it overcome some of the barriers to the Pap test?

Robyn Mullins, Katherine Scalzo, Farhana Sultana

J Med Screen | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine which groups of women would be most likely to take part in self-sampling for cervical screening, and what they perceive as the key barriers and benefits to self-sampling. METHODS: A random sample of 3000 women aged 18-69 in Victoria, Australia, were asked questions about "taking their own Pap test" in a telephone survey about cervical screening; 2526 answered the questions about self-sampling. The terminology "Pap test" was used in questions, due to the very low understanding of HPV and its link to cervical cancer. RESULTS: One-third of women (34.0%) indicated they would prefer to self-sample, 57.2% would not and 8.7% were unsure. Preference for self-sampling was sig..

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