Perceived risk of cervical cancer in appalachian women

Kimberly M. Kelly, Amy K. Ferketich, MacK T. Ruffin IV, Cathy Tatum, Electra D. Paskett

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Objective: To examine perceptions of cervical cancer risk in elevated-risk Appalachians. Methods: Appalachian women (n=571) completed interviews examining self-regulation model factors relevant to perceived risk of cervical cancer. Results: Women with good/very good knowledge of cervical cancer, greater worry, and history of sexually transmitted infection had higher odds of rating their perceived risk as somewhat/ much higher than did other women. Former smokers, compared to never smokers, had lower risk perceptions. Conclusions: Self-regulation model factors are important to understanding perceptions of cervical cancer risk in underserved women. The relationship of smoking and worry to perceived risk may be a target for intervention. Copyright (c) PNG Publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-859
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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