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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-33

Epidemiological studies of a cervical cancer screening programme population


1 Departments of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, PM.B. 01129, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
2 Departments of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, PM.B. 01129, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

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C O Akpala
Departments of Community Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, PM.B. 01129, Enugu, Enugu State
Nigeria
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A retrospective review of the records of all women who attended a Medical Women Centre for cervical cancer screening over a two-year period was carried out. Out of a total of 431 women screened at the centre during this period, the target age group (35 years and above) accounted for 56%. Majority of the women were within the 3-5 parity group and mainly from the low socio-economic segment of the population. 63% of the smears were found to be inflammatory, 2% were classified as invasive cervical cancer while 11% were classified as cervical intra­ epithelia/neoplasia. It is recommended that appropriate Information, Education and Communication should be directed at the women at risk of cervical cancer both within and outside the public health care system. There is also the need for clearly defined policy on cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.


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