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Table 2 Awareness of mothers about methods for preventing cervical cancer in their daughters and about the Pap test (total n = 1581; missing values excluded)

From: The health beliefs of mothers about preventing cervical cancer and their intention to recommend the Pap test to their daughters: a cross-sectional survey

  Mean ± SD or n (%)
1) How important are the following methods in preventing cervical cancer in your daughter? (range, 0–100)
 1. Initiating and undergoing the Pap test regularly 78.4 ± 21.4
 2. Abstinence from sexual intercourse until adulthood 73.3 ± 27.9
 3. Preventing sexually transmitted disease if sexually active 74.3 ± 28.5
 4. Using condoms regularly 75.2 ± 26.6
 5. Receiving an HPV vaccination 85.2 ± 16.6
2) When is the most suitable period for your daughter to undergo her first Pap test?  
 1. Prior to adulthood if she is sexually active 595 (38.5)
 2. In adulthood regardless of her sexual activity 538 (34.0)
 3. After she marries 221 (14.3)
 4. My daughter can decide for herself 190 (12.0)
3) If your daughter has already received HPV vaccination and is sexually active, does she also need to undergo the Pap test?  
 1. The Pap test is not necessary because she has already received the HPV vaccination 18 (1.2)
 2. I don’t know 312 (20.5)
 3. She needs to undergo the Pap test in adulthood 277 (18.2)
 4. She needs to undergo the Pap test prior to adulthood even though she has already received the HPV vaccination 914 (60.1)
4) Do you intend to recommend the Pap test to your daughter if it is considered necessary?  
 Yes 1076 (69.2)
 No 490 (30.9)
  1. 1) was measured prior to giving information about the Pap test and the vaccination against HPV for early screening of cervical cancer, 2) 3) 4) were measured after giving information