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Introduction: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Jordan. Age standardized incidence
rate for cervical cancer has been estimated at 3.6 per 100,000 women. This report presents the results of breast and
cervical cancer screening practicesamong a nationally representative sample of Jordanian women aged 35 years or above.
Method: We used data from the third Jordan Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System (2007) among a nationally
representative sample of Jordanian women aged ≥35 years (n=1,157). Logistic regression was used to examine the
associations between each of breast and cervical cancer screening practices and selected socio-demographic
Results: Only 12.4% of women aged 35 years or older reported ever having a mammography. One fifth reported ever
having a clinical breast examination at least once in their life time. Over one quarter (27.1%) of the women reported that
they perform self-breast examination on monthly basis, and 41.7% reported ever having performed a self-breast
examination. Among ever-married women aged 35 years or more, Pap smear test was performed by 27.8% during their
life. The reported low practices have shown substantial differences across regions, age groups, level of education, family
income, marital status, and source of medical services.
Conclusion: The low reported cancer screening activities among women in Jordan calls for action. Data on current
screening practices is a primary step to provide health professionals, and policy-makers with the information necessary to
identify priorities and to facilitate cancer control, policy development, and planning.