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Womens Health Issues. 2013 Jul-Aug;23(4):e197-204. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2013.03.003. Epub 2013 May 27.

The role of family history of cancer on cervical cancer screening behavior in a population-based survey of women in the Southeastern United States.

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Department of Health Services Policy and Management, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 29210, USA. jbellinger@sc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Our objective was to determine the association of self-reported family history of cancer (FHC) on cervical cancer screening to inform a potential link with cancer preventive behaviors in a region with persistent cancer disparities.

METHODS:

Self-reported FHC, Pap test behavior, and access to care were measured in a statewide population-based survey of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer (n = 918). Random-digit dial, computer-assisted telephone interviews were used to contact eligible respondents (adult [ages 18-70] women in South Carolina with landline telephones]. Logistic regression models were estimated using STATA 12.

FINDINGS:

Although FHC+ was not predictive (odds ratio [OR], 1.17; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.55-2.51), private health insurance (OR, 2.35; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.15-4.81) and younger age (18-30 years: OR, 7.76; 95% CI, 1.91, 3.16) were associated with recent Pap test behavior. FHC and cervical cancer screening associations were not detected in the sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings suggest targeting older women with screening recommendations and providing available screening resources for underserved women.

PMID:
23722075
PMCID:
PMC3700594
DOI:
10.1016/j.whi.2013.03.003
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