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Perceived Risk of Cervical Cancer in Appalachian Women

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Abstract:

Objective: To examine perceptions of cervical cancer risk in elevated-risk Appalachians. Methods: Appalachian women (n=571) completed interviews examining self-regulation model factors relevant to perceived risk of cervical cancer. Results: Women with good/very good knowledge of cervical cancer, greater worry, and history of sexually transmitted infection had higher odds of rating their perceived risk as somewhat/much higher than did other women. Former smokers, compared to never smokers, had lower risk perceptions. Conclusions: Self-regulation model factors are important to understanding perceptions of cervical cancer risk in underserved women. The relationship of smoking and worry to perceived risk may be a target for intervention.

Keywords: CERVICAL CANCER; RISK FACTORS; RISK PERCEPTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.6.11

Affiliations: 1: School of Pharmacy, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, West Virginia University, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV, USA. kmkelly@hsc.wvu.edu 2: College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA 3: Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, USA 4: Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA 5: College of Medicine, College of Public Health, Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Publication date: 2012-11-01

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