The influence of gender roles and traditional healing on cervical screening adherence amongst women in a Cape Town peri-urban settlement

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 57, issue 2, 2015 , pages: 62–63
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2014.978096
Author(s): Despina LearmonthDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Anica Jansen van VuurenDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Chantelle De AbreuDepartment of Psychology, South Africa


Background: Cervical cancer is the third most common gynaecologic malignancy worldwide and is the second most common cancer among South African women. Although entirely preventable, cervical cancer is responsible for the death of approximately 3 027, 53% of those diagnosed, South Africa women annually. A variety of factors influence women’s cervical screening adherence.

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