Women's knowledge and experience of atypical pap results in a high risk community

Melissa D. McKee, Arlene Caban, William B. Burton, Michael Mulvihill

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Abstract

We sought to describe the knowledge of, understanding of, and follow-up after atypical cervical cytology among low-income, urban women. Of 554 women who had an ASCUS or atypical Pap result in 1996, 215 (39%) completed a telephone survey. Many (19%) had poor follow-up. Thirty percent of women denied ever being told of abnormal cytology; Spanish-speakers were more likely to be unaware (43.2% vs. 22.7%, p <.01) of abnormal cytology. Cancer fear was quite high, as were misconceptions regarding cause. Many women were unsatisfied with the information they received regarding their cytology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalWomen and Health
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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Keywords

  • ASCUS cytology
  • Community health centers
  • Papanicaloau smear

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Gender Studies

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Women's knowledge and experience of atypical pap results in a high risk community. / McKee, Melissa D.; Caban, Arlene; Burton, William B.; Mulvihill, Michael.

In: Women and Health, Vol. 36, No. 4, 2002, p. 19-31.

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McKee, Melissa D. ; Caban, Arlene ; Burton, William B. ; Mulvihill, Michael. / Women's knowledge and experience of atypical pap results in a high risk community. In: Women and Health. 2002 ; Vol. 36, No. 4. pp. 19-31.
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