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Health promotion and public health
Encouraging women to do cervical cancer screening: a secondary preventive intervention with a multitude of behavioural dimensions
  1. Saivash Moradi1,
  2. Ali Taherinezhad Ledari2
  1. 1 Medical Education Development Centre, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Medicine, Sari, Iran
  2. 2 Student Research Committee, Babol University of Medical Science, Babol, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Saivash Moradi, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Medicine, Sari 4815733971, Iran; d.smor86{at}

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Commentary on: Forbes CA, Jepson RG, Martin-Hirsch PPL. Interventions targeted at women to encourage the uptake of cervical screening. Cochrane Database of Syst Rev 2002:CD002834.

Implications for practice and research

  • The participation of community health workers in encouraging and inviting women to undergo cervical cancer screening is very effective way for disease prevention.

  • Research on cervical cancer prevention interventions should be based on theories of behaviour change.


International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated that 6.5% of the new cases of cancer among women of all age groups originates from cervix uteri.1 According to the last report, cervical cancer with an age-standardised incidence rate of 13.3 per 100 000 is the fourth most common cancer of females.1 Cervical cancer screening for early detection and timely treatment of precancerous lesions along with human papillomavirus vaccination will prevent …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.