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Why worry about awareness in choice problems? Econometric analysis of screening for cervical cancer

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  • Rosalie Viney
  • Marion Haas
  • Rochelle Belkar
  • Denzil G. Fiebig

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Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancer. Since 1991 there has been a concerted effort in Australia to recommend and encourage women to have Pap smears every two years. Part of the success of this National Cervical Screening Program can be gauged by exploring the determinants of screening for cervical cancer among high-risk women and by addressing the specific question of whether screening is associated with socio-economic status. Accessibility to health services remains a core goal in health policy in Australia but evidence on whether the goal is being met is limited. Using unit record data from the 1995 National Health Survey, an econometric model is developed for whether women have ever screened or not. A proportion of women in the sample contend that they have never heard of a Pap test. The analysis characterizes this group of women and accounts for their presence in our modelling

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings with number 109.

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Keywords: Screening choice; Awareness; Censored probit; Cervical cancer;

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  1. Meliyanni Johar & Denzil Fiebig & Marion Haas & Rosalie Viney, 2009. "Evaluating changes in women's attitudes towards cervical screening following a screening promotion campaign and a free vaccination program. CHERE Working Paper 2009/3," Working Papers 2009/3, CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney.
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