Gynecology                                                          ISSN 1930-6741


                                                             Gynecology & Obstetrics

         Psychological Implications of PAP smears 

Women continue to develop cervical cancer despite widespread availability of screening.

 American Cancer Society in 1996 estimated, the there were 65,000 cases of cervical carcinoma in situ (CIS ) , 15,700 new cases of Cervical cancer, and 4,900 deaths.

 Since nearly 50% of cervical cancers in the US occur in women who have never been screened, and 60% of cases develop in women who have not been screened in at least 5 years,  one might suppose that widespread, or even periodic, screening of all women would dramatically reduce the overall incidence of cervical cancer.

Women over all feel satisfied and safe doing the test. PAP smears offer psychological protection.


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