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A straightforward change to the public health message women receive that focuses less on sexual activity and more on the long-term health benefits of Pap smear testing may improve health overall and help reduce differences by sexual orientation," said study co-author Alexa Solazzo, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Rice University, in a news release.
However, studies conducted so far point out that the majority of women do not know about the risk factors for cervical cancer and the importance of Pap smear tests.
Written informed consent was obtained from 160 voluntary patients to perform a conventional Pap smear test.
Many patients have not fulfilled Pap smear criteria, and care must be taken to operate within the national Pap smear guidelines and not to perform them on every woman requesting a Pap smear, so that the budget is appropriately spent.
Conclusion: The most frequent abnormality found in Pap smear study was infective bacillary background.
This survey was performed in order to get information from the women that the previous one did not include (14) and was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitudes of the Pap smear that affect the cancer screening among Venezuelan women.
And among women who were positive for HPV DNA at baseline and who went on to develop CIN2+ or CIN3+, only half had positive Pap smear results.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) tests that use self-collected vaginal samples are more sensitive than clinically performed Pap smears for detecting precancerous cervical lesions and invasive cervical cancer, a population-based randomized trial conducted in Mexico indicates.
Convinced that affordable Pap smears were available, the team needed to collect data on Pap smear rates in order to plan strategies to reduce the cervical cancer mortality disparity by promoting Pap smear screening.
The Pap smear looks for changes in the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer, while the DNA test determines whether a woman is infected with HPV, a step before changes occur in the cervix.
Of the 11,000 cervical cancer cases in this country every year, more than half of the patients either have never had a Pap smear or have not had one within the past 5 years.