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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1991 Aug;98(8):797-802.

'Nuns, virgins, and spinsters'. Rigoni-Stern and cervical cancer revisited.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berks.

Abstract

The view that nuns have a very low risk of cervical cancer is questioned. The historical evidence for this view is reviewed, from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present. An estimate of the actual mortality rate from cervical cancer suggests that risk of death from this neoplasm among nuns is little different from that among the general female population. It is recommended that nuns should not be excluded from cervical cytology screening. When symptoms which might suggest cervical cancer arise in such women, full gynaecological assessment is necessary.

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