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Table 3 Knowledge about cervical cancer and its prevention among women and mothers of 14–18 year-old daughters

From: French women’s knowledge of and attitudes towards cervical cancer prevention and the acceptability of HPV vaccination among those with 14 – 18 year old daughters: a quantitative-qualitative study

Question Whole population Mothers of a 14–18 yr old daughter
(N=1,478) (N=210)
What is the role of the Pap test? 1
 Answer correct : to prevent CC 901 (61.0) 137 (65.2)
 Incorrect: to treat CC, to prevent all gynaecologic cancers, to check the ovaries 338 (22.8) 50 (23.9)
 No information/No response 239 (16.2) 23 (10.9)
When should a woman have a Pap test? 1
 During her whole adult life 1 211 (81.9) 178 (84.8)
 Incorrect : before or after the menopause 87 (5.9) 10 (4.8)
 No information/No response 180 (12.2) 22 (10.4)
How often should she have a Pap test? 1
 Every 2–3 years (French national recommendation) 590 (39.9) 112 (53.3)
 Yearly 795 (53.8) 91 (43.3)
 Incorrect : once or from time to time 18 (1.2) 0 (0.0)
 No information/No response 75 (5.1) 7 (3.3)
What is the cause of CC?2
 HPV 251 (16.9) 44 (20.9)
 Related response (STD, viral infection) 120 (8.1) 22 (10.5)
 Incorrect cause mentioned 23 (1.5) 11 (5.2)
 No information/No response 1084 (73.3) 133 (63.3)
Have you ever heard of HPV vaccination? 1
 Yes 1127 (76.2) 192 (91.4)
Who should be vaccinated?2
 Young girls before or within a year of first intercourse 327 (22.1) 64 (44.8)
 Answer nearly correct3 220 (14.9) 30 (14.2)
 Incorrect 447 (30.2) 82 (39.0)
 No information/No response 484 (32.8) 34 (16.2)
At which age is vaccination recommended?2
 14 -23 180 (12.2) 36 (17.1)
 Answer close to recommendation: (1423 +/− 4 years) 612 (41.4) 91 (43.3)
 Incorrect 135 (9.1) 40 (19.0)
 No information/No response 551 (37.3) 43 (20.5)
  1. CC, Cervical cancer, Pap test, Papanicolaou smear test, HPV, Human papillomavirus.
  2. 1Multiple Choice Question.
  3. 2recoded open-ended question.
  4. 3reply included only one of the two concepts: young girls or before/within the first year after the first intercourse.