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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 210-211

Papanicolaou (pap) test screening-Need of the hour


1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venketaswar Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pathology, Sri Venketaswar Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication23-Apr-2014

Correspondence Address:
Amitabh Jena
Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venketaswar Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.131428

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Jena A, Patnayak R, Reddy SK. Papanicolaou (pap) test screening-Need of the hour. J Can Res Ther 2014;10:210-1

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Jena A, Patnayak R, Reddy SK. Papanicolaou (pap) test screening-Need of the hour. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Sep 20];10:210-1. Available from: http://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2014/10/1/210/131428

Sir,

We read the article "Awareness of cervical cancer, Papanicolaou smear and its utilization among female, final year undergraduates in Durban, South Africa'' with interest. [1] In this context, we would like to share our experience regarding Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test. In our study, the female staff members of tertiary health care center in South India voluntarily underwent Pap smear examination. Cytologically epithelial cell abnormality was encountered in five (6.3%) cases. [2] Out of these five cases, three underwent cervical biopsy. In view of the histopathology report, they were advised regular follow-up and repeat Pap smear test. We are of the view that considering the high rate of cervical cancer in India, regular Pap screening should be done. [3] Though our study involved only female staff members of the institute, who were aware about Pap smear, the incidence of epithelial cell abnormality was quite remarkable. This may be the tip of an iceberg. In rural population, to know the real incidence and to prevent cervical cancer by early detection, we do need a good coordinated approach. The clinicians and laboratory personnel's should take help of all available resources to create awareness about cervical cancer, Pap smear test, proper follow-up, and counseling of the patients. Only then, we could hope to restrain this potentially curative malignancy.



 
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1.Hoque ME. Awareness of cervical cancer, Papanicolau's smear and its utilization among female, final year undergraduates in Durban, South Africa. J Cancer Res Ther 2013;9:25-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Jena A, Bharathi T, Reddy SK, Manilal B, Patnayak R, Phaneendra BV. Papanicolaou (Pap) test screening of staff members of a tertiary care teaching hospital in South India. J Clin Sci Res 2012;1:174-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Sankaranarayanan R, Nene BM, Dinshaw K, Rajkumar R, Shastri S, Wesley R, et al. Early detection of cervical cancer with visual inspection methods: A summary of completed and ongoing studies in India. Salud Publica Mex 2003;45:S399-407.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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