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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 174-177

Papanicolaou (Pap) test screening of staff members of a tertiary care teaching hospital in South India

1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, India
3 Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, India

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Amitabh Jena
Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati 517507
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Background: In India, cancer cervix is the most common cancer among females. Papanicolaou cytological (Pap) test helps in detecting the early epithelial abnormalities in cervical cells. Material and Methods: Pap smears of female health care staff members (n=80)who underwent voluntary Pap test as part of a screening programme,from January to June 2012 were evaluated. Pap smears were evaluated by light microscopy. The 2001 Bethesda system for reporting cervical cytology was used in evaluating the pap smears. Results: Their mean age was 41.3 ± 5.6 years. Epithelial cell abnormality was noted in the Pap smear in 5 (6.3%) cases. Conclusion: Our observations provide supportive evidence for using Pap test as a tool for screening for cervical cancer. There is a need for enhancing the awareness among lay public regarding the utility of this test so that more women will avail this test and precancerous changes in cervix can be detected before they progress to frank malignancy.

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