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Table 1 Baseline characteristics and utilization of cervical cancer screening services among female primary school teachers in Ilala Municipality, 2010

From: Utilization of cervical cancer screening services and its associated factors among primary school teachers in Ilala Municipality, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Variable Total (N = 512) Utilization of cervical cancer screening services (n = 108, 21 %)
n % P value
Age group (in years)     
 20–29 106 (20.7 %) 30 28.3  
 30–39 219 (42.8 %) 42 19.2  
 40–49 102 (19.9 %) 17 16.7  
 50 and above 85 (16.6 %) 19 22.4 0.166
Marital status     
 Single 61 (12.0 %) 11 18  
 Married 412 (80.9 %) 91 22.1  
 Widowed/divorced 36 (7.0 %) 6 16.7 0.606
Education level     
 Secondary 432 (84.3 %) 89 20.6  
 Higher 80 (15.63 %) 19 23.8 0.526
Parity     
 Zero parity 54 (10.5 %) 11 20.4  
 Para one 139 (27.1) 23 16.6  
 Multi-parityα 254 (49.6 %) 54 21.3  
 Grand-multi parityβ 65 (12.7 %) 20 30.8 0.145
Life-time sex partners     
 One 71 (14.0 %) 11 15.5  
 Two or more 435 (86.0 %) 97 22.3 0.194
Ever used contraceptive     
 Yes 311 (60.7) 72 23.2  
 No 201 (39.3) 34 17.9 0.156
Know cervical that cancer is preventable     
 Yes 347 (67.8) 98 28.2  
 No 18 (3.5) 3 16.7  
 I don’t know 147 (28.7) 7 4.8 <0.005
Involve spouse in making decision     
Yes 329 (77.8) 57 17.3  
No 94 (22.2) 40 42.5 <0.005
Procedures for screening is disgraceful     
 Yes 46 (10.5) 8 17.4  
 No 392 (89.5) 90 23 0.391
  1. N denotes Total number, n denotes number in category, α = 2-4 previous pregnancies, β = 5 and above previous pregnancies
  2. Statistical significance based on Chi-square P value. Bolded results are statistically significant at P ≤ 0.05. OR denotes Odds Ratios and 95 % CI denote 95 % confidence intervals