Journal article

CERVICAL CANCERS DIAGNOSED AFTER NEGATIVE RESULTS ON CERVICAL CYTOLOGY - PERSPECTIVE IN THE 1980S

H MITCHELL, G MEDLEY, G GILES

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 1990

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To assess the magnitude of the problem of interval cancers of the cervix (those that are diagnosed within a short time after negative screening test results) in the 1980s, to compare the nature of interval cancers in younger women with that in older women, and, by reviewing negative cervical smears, to determine the proportion of interval cancers that might represent the development of malignancy anew compared with the proportion that might be associated with difficulties in sampling or errors in reporting. DESIGN: An audit of the interval cases of cervical cancer that had been diagnosed within 36 months of a smear having been reported as negative by the Victorian Cytology Gynaec..

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