Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2020, Page: 20-23
Acceptance and Decline of Pap Smear in a Tertiary Care Setup
Shazia Tazion, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
Maimoona Hafeez, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
Nishat Akram, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
Rukhsana Manzoor, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
Nazia Badar, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
Received: Dec. 2, 2019;       Accepted: Jan. 15, 2020;       Published: Feb. 4, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.jgo.20200801.15      View  424      Downloads  129
Cervical carcinoma is the second most common malignancy of genital tract. Risk factors include early age at first intercourse, smoking and multiple sexual partners. Cervical cancer can be prevented by Pap smear screening test. Pap smear is still an underutilized diagnostic modality in under developed countries. Provision and appropriate treatment should be offered in female. Objective of this study was to address the mindset of our females about pap smear screening and spreading awareness. This descriptive study was done in Obstetrics and Gynecology department of Sharif Medical City Hospital Lahore from January 2017 to January 2018 on 180 patients. Age, parity and duration of marriage were expressed as mean and frequency with percentages. Reasons of acceptance and decline were also expressed as frequency with percentage. The age range of the patient in present study was between 18-62±8.565 years. Regarding marital status, all the recruited females were married. Parity range was from 0-9±2.101 with a mean parity of 3.03. There were 129 females who accepted Pap smear. The most frequent reason for acceptance was recommendation by doctor in 93 (72%) patients. Out of 180 patients, 51 patients were those who decline Pap smear. The reason of decline was fear of pain in 17 (33.3%) patients, fear of a positive result and lack of knowledge. Cervical cancer is a deadly disease which affects the females in their early reproductive year. Screening should be offered in all reproductive females and it should be promoted through media campaigns. It is the responsibility of doctors as well to offer this screening test to all the female coming with or without gynecological complaints.
Pap Smear, Cervical Carcinoma, Human Papilloma Virus, Risk Factors
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Shazia Tazion, Maimoona Hafeez, Nishat Akram, Rukhsana Manzoor, Nazia Badar, Acceptance and Decline of Pap Smear in a Tertiary Care Setup, Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2020, pp. 20-23. doi: 10.11648/j.jgo.20200801.15
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