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“One stop” approach may be effective in preventing cervical cancer in Thailand

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:568
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Treating women for potentially precancerous cervical lesions the same day they are detected could offer a practical approach to preventing cervical cancer in some developing countries, a study in Thailand has shown.

    A group of 12 specially trained nurses offered women in four districts in Roi Et province—a mainly rural area—screening for cervical cancer using visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid wash. Those who tested positive (showing raised and thickened white plaques) were offered cryotherapy during the same visit, after counselling about the benefits, potential risks, and probable side effects.

    Results showed that 13% of the 5999 women who were screened during the seven month study tested positive. Nearly all (99%) of the women who were considered eligible accepted immediate treatment with cryotherapy. Eligibility criteria for treatment included the abnormalities …

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