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Table 3 Awareness status, screening utilization and participants’ suggestion for improving screening service among study respondents in Hawassa city, Ethiopia (n = 411)

From: Visual inspection with acetic-acid (VIA) service utilization and associated factors among women in Hawassa city, southern Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Ever heard of cervical cancer
 Yes 298 72.5
 No 113 27.5
Ever heard of VIA screening
 Yes 154 37.5
 No 257 62.5
Ever had VIA screening
 Yes 85 20.7
 No 326 79.3
Reasons given for undergoing VIA screening (n = 85)
 Health care provider suggestion 42 49.4
 Screening campaign 28 33.0
 Medical reasons (abnormal vaginal bleeding or pain) 15 17.6
Reasons given for never being screened (n = 326)
 Lack of awareness 112 34.4
 Absence of any symptoms/abnormality 88 27.0
 Fear of test outcome 62 19.0
 Cost of service 40 12.3
 Lack of knowledge the place of VIA screening 24 7.4
Participants suggestion for improving the VIA service
 Increasing health education 229 55.7
 Community screening campaign 70 17.0
 Improving service provision 125 30.4