Who is being screened for cervical cancer?

Am J Public Health. 1981 Jan;71(1):73-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.71.1.73.


Data from the 1973 National Health Interview Survey, a probability sample of the United States population, are used to examine the relationship between Pap testing and four socioeconomic variables. It was found that women at highest risk of cervical cancer are least likely to have had Pap tests. The proportion of women who report never having had a Pap test is greater among Blacks, the poor, the elderly and nonmetropolitan residents. In particular, poor Black women in nonmetropolitan areas have extremely high proportions reporting no Pap test. However, high risk women are only slightly less likely to have visited a doctor in the two years preceding interview. These results suggest that improvement in Pap test coverage among high risk women could be attained by encouraging the use of the Pap test in regular ambulatory medical care.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Middle Aged
  • Rural Population
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • Urban Population
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*