Cervical cancer screening program in a Muslim country: three-year experience at the Aga Khan University Medical Center, Karachi.

Asia-Oceania journal of obstetrics and gynaecology / AOFOG

PubMedID: 2064585

Rasul S, Khan KS, Rizvi JH, Hassan SH, Maniar S. Cervical cancer screening program in a Muslim country: three-year experience at the Aga Khan University Medical Center, Karachi. Asia Oceania J Obstet Gynaecol. 1991;17(1):1-4.
A systematic cervical cancer screening program was initiated in January 1987 at The Aga Khan University Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan. The 8,784 cervical smears obtained in 3 subsequent years from 8,412 consecutive women attending the gynecology and antenatal clinics were reviewed. "Positive" smears were found in 111 (1.3%) patients; 107 (1.27%) smears showed squamous epithelial dysplasia and 4 smears showed adenocarcinoma. The highest incidence of abnormal smears was found in the 45-54 years age group. Colposcopy and biopsy was performed on all patients with "positive" smears except on those with atypical or mildly dysplastic ones, in whom only the persistence of the abnormality on repeated smears was considered an indication for tissue evaluation. The histopathologic diagnosis of these biopsy specimens revealed cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia in 60 patients and invasive cervical cancer in 6 patients.