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Cervix cancer screening among Greek and immigrant women: the experience of a Greek District Hospital

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, “Tzaneio” Hospital, Piraeus (Greece)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2005, 32(1), 52–54;
Published: 10 March 2005
Abstract

Purpose: To explore whether there are differences in Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screening between native and immigrant women that attended our outpatient clinic. Methods: In this retrospective study, from January 2002 until December 2003 we examined age, nationality, marital status, eco­nomic status (self-reported family income per year) and previous Pap test screening frequency; 3,316 women were included in the study. Results: The average age was 41.95 years. The majority of the women who had had a Pap test (58.4%) were Greeks and 41.6% immigrants. Regarding marital status a percentage of 61.2% were married, 13.7% were single and 24.9% were divorced. Regarding economic status 71.0% of the women had a low-income, 25.1 % a middle-income and 3.8% a high-income. Of the women 24.99% had never had a Pap test in their lives. Discussion/Conclusion: The possibility of having easy access to a clinic and to routine health care has a critical influence on the cancer screening habits of immigrant women. Opportunistic Pap smear screening as part of a pregnancy or family-planmning checkupin local clinics is an acceptable strategy for poor immigrant women.

Keywords
Cervix cancer screening
Greeks
Immigrants
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