Epidemiology

BJC Open article

British Journal of Cancer (2007) 97, 691–694. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603927 www.bjcancer.com
Published online 7 August 2007

Public awareness that HPV is a risk factor for cervical cancer

L A V Marlow1, J Waller1 and J Wardle1

1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London, Grower Street, London, UK

Correspondence: Professor J Wardle, E-mail: j.wardle@ucl.ac.uk

Received 1 June 2007; Revised 12 July 2007; Accepted 16 July 2007
Advance online publication 7 August 2007

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Abstract

We assessed awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) in a population sample of British women (n=1620) using similar questions to those in a survey in 2002. Only 2.5% cited HPV as the cause of cervical cancer without prompting; up from 0.9% in 2002. Public education about HPV is urgently needed.

Keywords:

human papillomavirus; knowledge; awareness; public

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