IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 29 / Issue 5 / pii/1631004259132-208953493

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research
Excessive pap smears due to opportunistic cervical cancer screening
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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Cidade Universitária “Zeferino Vaz”, Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2008, 29(5), 479–482;
Published: 10 October 2008

The study aimed to analyze the Pap smears carried out for cervical cancer screening according to Ministry of Health guidelines. All smear tests carried out within the public health system in Campinas in 2003 were analyzed. All tests that did not conform to the guidelines were considered excessive. The guidelines recommend screening once every three years for all women aged 25 to 59 after they have received two negative smears. This study showed that the majority of women initiated screening prior to 25 years of age and the periodicity was predominantly annual, followed by biannual tests. In conclusion, 63.4% of tests were excessive. The screening coverage was 14.76%, but if all the tests had been performed as recommended, the final coverage over three years could have reached 65.4%. Thus it is possible to increase the coverage with the available resources since the screening works like an organized program.
Cervical cancer screening
Vaginal smear
Public health administration
Women’s healthcare
Screening progra
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