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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86-88
A community-based cervical cancer screening program among women of Delhi using camp approach


1 Public Health Specialist, NRHM, GNCTD, New Delhi, India
2 Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi - 110 002, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College,New Delhi, India

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Pragya Sharma
C-704, Vikaspuri, New Delhi - 110 018
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.62576

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Background: Cervical cancer is the commonest malignancy among women in developing countries. Cytological screening (Pap smear) have been claimed to reduce incidence and mortality of carcinoma cervix significantly for which sensitization of women is required through community-based approach. Objectives: To find out number of cervical cancer cases among patients reporting to a general health care camp through screening program and study the prevalence of perceived morbidity and its confirmation. Settings: Cross-sectional study among women attending cancer awareness camps. Materials and Methods: A total of 435 women attending cancer awareness camps were screened for carcinoma cervix. The findings of history and clinical examination were recorded. Pap smears of all the symptomatic patients were collected and cytological diagnosis was confirmed by a pathologist. Results and Conclusions: The perceived gynecological morbidity was observed to be 59.8%. The smear of the women who were suspected of carcinoma on clinical examination was confirmed to be the cases of carcinoma-in-situ (7.8%) and high-grade neoplasia (2.9%) on laboratory investigations. The findings of the study highlight the utility and need of cancer cervix screening among the women at regular intervals through camp approach in the community.


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