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Original contribution

Risk Factors, Clinical Features and Treatment Outcomes of Male Breast Cancer in Saudi Arabia: A Single Center Study
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[Abstract]
Nada Mass, Morooj Alharbi, Sawsan Khatrawi, Intisar Alrasheedy
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94000

Prevalence and associated factors of burnout among female medical students in Taif University
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[Abstract]
Ghadi N. Alotaibi, Elaf H. Alotaibi, Afrah M. Alsulimani, Rehab A. DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94001

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices concerning self-medication with antibiotics among the public in Aseer region, Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]

Majed Mohammed Al Saleh, Roqayya Mohammed Alhayyani, Yara Mofarih Assiri, Afnan Muslah Alshahrany, Fatimah Yahya Asiri, Ahad Essa Mohammad
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94002

The Use of Contact Lenses Among Keratoconus Patients in Saudi Arabia: Prevalence, Habits and Complications
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[Abstract]
Shahad Alruwaili, Faris Binyousef, Ahmad Khalaf, Noura Albdaya, Samar Alanazi, Abdulrahman Alamri
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94003

Nocturnal Enuresis Pattern and Risk Factors in the Center for Social and Preventive Medicine (CSPM), Cairo University
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[Abstract]
Mai D Sarhan, Eman I. Elmeshmeshy, Antoine AbdelMassih, Samah A Hassanein, Marwa D Hasan
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94004

Population and Community Studies

Knowledge and Attitude of Basic Life Support Among Medical Students at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Mohammad H. Alshehri, Mohammed A. Alqahtani, Sultan M. Alshehri, Rayan I. Alturki, Kholoud A. Alshiha, Meshaal A. Alqahtani, Sara M. Alshehri
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94005

Public's knowledge regarding impact of advanced paternal age on offspring's health
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[Abstract]
Ashwag Asiri, Fatimah Alahmari, Raghad S. Asiri, Razan Sultan
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94006

Awareness Level of Mothers Regarding Child Weaning Practice in Aseer Region, Southern of Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Alam Eldin Musa Mustafa, Khalid Hussein Almutairi, Fahad Mohammed Almujary, Noura Ali Alshahrani, Maram saad Alshahrani, Saeed Mohammed Almobty, Wajd abdulwahab almathami, Rasha Saeed Al saleh
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94007

Public Awareness and Knowledge of Pap smear as a Screening Test for Cervical Cancer among Saudi Population in Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Hanoof Ali Alqahtani, Yahya Mohammed Alqahtani, Afnan Saeed Muqbil, Amal Abdullah Alqahtani, Mohammed Saad Aldarami, Amal Mohammed Alshehri, Manar Ahmed Alsaeedi, Fatimah Mosfer Alalyani, Amjad Ali Alsari, Fatimah Mubarak Alahmari
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94009

Mobile Phone Addiction and its Relationship to Sleep Quality among the General Population in Abha City, Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Mohammed A. Alfaya, Awad Alsamghan, Safar A. Alsaleem, Mastor A. Alshahrani, Fahad A. Alfaya, Yahya S.O. Alqahtani, Mohammed Z.S. Alsaleem, Ahmed A. Alhamrani, Alaa A.S. Alyahia, Abeer M.F. Alsharaif, Fai F.N. Aljabal, Renad S. Nasser
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94010

Prevalence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Among Teachers in Abha City; Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Viqar Basharat, Rishi K Bharti, Abdulbari A. Alzahrani, Abdussalam M A Alqahtani, Raghad S H Alshahrani, Noura A. Hasoosah, Mozoon M S Alqahtani, Sultan S M Alshahrani, Haifa H A Alwabel, Sarah M A Alqahtani, Arwa A M Alshahrani
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94012

Education and Training

Leadership styles and job satisfaction among healthcare providers in primary health care centers
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[Abstract]
Abdulkareem M.A. Alqahtani, Shamsun Nahar, Khalid Almosa, Ali A. Almusa,
Bandar F. Al-Shahrani, Asma A. Asiri, Salem A. Alqarni DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94013

Impact of MRCGP [INT] Examination on Family Physicians' Knowledge and Practice: Doctors' and Patients' Perceptions
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[Abstract]
Tabinda Ashfaq, Sajida Naseem
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94016

Male and female interns in postgraduate medical education, A comparative gender analysis of differences in career perspective and their conditions in, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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[Abstract]
Fatimah ALi AL-Shahrani
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94014

Case Report

An unusual case of new onset unilateral headache with nausea following a fall

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[Abstract]
Musarat Tufail, Lubna Saghir
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94016

Medicine and Society

A personal and professional retrospective of an exemplary family doctor who works at the very heart of his profession and his community
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[Abstract]
Lesley Pocock, John Beasley
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94017

Original Clinical Research

Eye rubbing: a survey of awareness of keratoconus and it’s relation with eye rubbing in Jeddah
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[Abstract]
Asma A. Alzahrani, Ahmed T. Alnahdi, Mayar M. Almehmadi, Esraa A. Alzahrani
DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94018

 

 

 

 

 

 



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March 2021 - Volume 19, Issue 3

Public Awareness and Knowledge of Pap smear as a Screening Test for Cervical Cancer among Saudi Population in Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia

(1) Assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, Faculty of medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
(2) Medical intern, Faculty of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Corresponding author:
Yahya Mohammed Alqahtani
Medical intern, Faculty of Medicine, King Khalid University,
Abha, Saudi Arabia.
Tel: +966532711264
Email: shehatafarag@yahoo.com

Received: January 2021; Accepted: February 2021; Published: March 1, 2021. Citation: Hanoof Ali Alqahtani et al. Public Awareness and Knowledge of Pap smear as a Screening Test for Cervical Cancer among Saudi Population in Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia. World Family Medicine. 2021; 19(3): 74-81 DOI: 10.5742/MEWFM.2021.94009

Abstract


Background:
Cancer of the cervix is ranked the second most common female cancer worldwide (14). Recently, it was reported to be the fourth most common female cancer. However, the disease burden is now mainly in the less developed regions of the world. The worldwide reported significant decline in the magnitude of cancer of the cervix in the world especially in developed countries is attributed mainly to the wide use of the Papanicolaou (Pap) smear as an effective screening tool for cervical cancer caused by human papilloma virus. If test findings were abnormal, then more sensitive diagnostic procedures are required and if warranted, interventions that aim to prevent progression to cervical cancer.

Aim:
To assess the level of public awareness, knowledge, and attitudes towards Pap smear as a screening test for cervical cancer among Saudi women, attending major healthcare facilities in the Aseer region.

Methodology:
A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted targeting all females in Aseer region, southern Saudi Arabia aged 18 years up to 65 years. A direct interview questionnaire was constructed by the researchers. The questionnaire covered females’ sociodemographic data including age,marital status, education, and job title. Female awareness regarding Pap smear and females practice regarding Pap smear was also assessed by four items.

Results:
The survey included 956 females whose ages ranged from 18 to 65 years old. About 64% of the females were married and 29.9% were single. As for females’ awareness regarding Pap smear test, more than 60% of the females had heard about Pap smear and nearly half knew its importance. Exactly 19.1% of the females reported that Pap smear test should start after marriage and 13.8% said that it should be done every three years. Totally, a very small percentage of the females had good awareness regarding Pap smear test.

Conclusions:
In conclusion, the study revealed that there is a great lack of knowledge regarding Pap smear as a screening method of cancer of the cervix among Saudi females in Aseer region. The lack of knowledge was more reported among highly educated working females. The test should be done routinely in obstetrics and gynecology departments of the hospitals for high-risk groups.

Key words: Pap smear, Pap test, cervical cancer, screening, cervix screening, awareness, practice, population

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