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Volume 2005, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426

Abstract

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and the leading cause of death from cancer amongst women in developing countries. A study in Qatar in 1997 found that the cancer of the cervix was the most common type of cancer in the female genital tract. In order to further assess the relevance of various risk factors, the records were reviewed of 100 women diagnosed with cervical cancer and intraepithelial lesions between January 2000 and October 2002. There was a highly significant association between detection of human papilloma viruses and increasing incidences of cervical intraepithelial lesions especially with low grade squamous intraepithelial lesions. Young women were more likely to have mostly low grade intraepithelial lesions whereas older women were more likely to have adenocarcinoma and there was a significant relation between parity and risk of the disease. Human papillomaviruses infections, early marriage andfrequent coitus started early in life and an increasing number of pregnancies were predisposing factors for the genesis of cancer of the cervix in Qatar. Older women do not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is not reduced as they age and it is important for them to continue having pap smears.

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