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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Sep;106(3):206-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.04.003. Epub 2009 Jun 21.

Prevalence of cervical cytological abnormalities in Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate retrospectively the prevalence of cervical cytological abnormalities in patient records obtained from healthcare centers in Turkey.

METHOD:

Demographic characteristics and data on cervical cytological abnormalities were evaluated from patients who underwent Pap tests in healthcare centers in 2007.

RESULTS:

Data were collected from 33 healthcare centers totaling 140334 patients. Overall, the prevalence of cervical cytological abnormalities was 1.8%; the prevalence of ASCUS, ASC-H, LSIL, HSIL, and AGC was 1.07%, 0.07%, 0.3%, 0.17%, and 0.08%, respectively. The prevalence of preinvasive cervical neoplasia was 1.7% and the prevalence of cytologically diagnosed invasive neoplasia was 0.06%.

CONCLUSION:

The abnormal cervical cytological prevalence rate in Turkey is lower than in Europe and North America. This might be due to sociocultural differences, lack of population-based screening programs, or a lower HPV prevalence rate in Turkey.

PMID:
19541303
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.04.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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