- Volume 13 Issue 9
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First Trial of Cervical Cytology in Healthy Women of Urban Laos using by Self-sampling Instrument
- Nabandith, Viengvansay (Setthathirath Hospital) ;
- Pholsena, Vatsana (Setthathirath Hospital) ;
- Mounthisone, Phouthasone (Mittaphab Hospital) ;
- Shimoe, Kyoko (Nagoya Preventive Medical Institute) ;
- Kato, Saiko (Nagoya Preventive Medical Institute) ;
- Aoki, Kunio (Nagoya Preventive Medical Institute) ;
- Noda, Sadamu (Osaka Cancer Prevention and Detection Center) ;
- Takamatsu, Reika (Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Ryukyus) ;
- Saio, Masanao (Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Ryukyus) ;
- Yoshimi, Naoki (Department of Pathology and Oncology, University of Ryukyus)
- Published : 2012.09.30
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Laos women and a screening programme, even with the PAP smear test (PAP test), has yet to be established for routine use. The Pap test is accepted as the most appropriate for cervical cancer screening in some settings but it is not commonly available in Laos hospitals, because there are few cytopathologists and gynecologists have little experience. As a pilot program, seminars for the PAP test were given in 2007 and 2008, and then PAP tests were carried out using self-sampling instrument (Kato's device) with 200 healthy volunteers in Setthathirath hospital, Laos, in 2008. The actual examination number was 196, divided into class I 104 (53.1%), class II 85 (43.3%), class IIIa 4 (2.0%), class IIIb 1 (0.5%), and class V 1 (0.5%) by modified Papanicolau classification. Four cases had menstruation. There were 6 cases with epithelial cell abnormalities including malignancy. There were 7 cases with fungus and 2 cases with trichomonas in Class II. More than 70% volunteers felt comfortable with the Kato's device and wanted to use it next time, because of the avoidance of the embarrassment and a low cost as compared with pelvic examination by gynecologists. This first trial for PAP test for healthy Laos women related to a hospital found three percent to have abnormal cervical epithelial cells. Therefore, this appraoch using a self-sampling device suggests that it should be planned for cervical cancer prevention in Laos.
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