A community based study to determine incidence of cervical cancer and willingness of women to participate in cervical cancer screening program in Navsari, Gujarat, India


  • Parth H. Vyas Department of Community Health, Gram Seva Trust Sarvajanik Hospital, Kharel, Navsari, Gujarat, India
  • Kanchan Dhadwe Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gram Seva Trust Sarvajanik Hospital, Kharel, Navsari, Gujarat, India
  • Harsha A. Shah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gram Seva Trust Sarvajanik Hospital, Kharel, Navsari, Gujarat, India
  • Hiral M. Dave Department of Community Health, Gram Seva Trust Sarvajanik Hospital, Kharel, Navsari, Gujarat, India
  • Ashwin A. Shah Department of Medicine, Gram Seva Trust Sarvajanik Hospital, Kharel, Navsari, Gujarat, India




Biopsy, Compliance, Cervical cancer, Incidence, Pap test, Screening


Background: Carcinoma of the uterine cervix is a major health problem faced by the Indian women. Regular cervical cytological examination by all sexually active women can prevent the occurrence of carcinoma cervix. Early detection of cervical cancer is possible with Pap smear tests.

Methods: Women above 25 years of age, living in study area and want to participate in study were included. Total 2352 women were enrolled in study. House to house visits were conducted in all the village area by using simple random sampling method. Information about cervical cancer was given. Pap test for cervical cancer screening was carried out by gynaecologist. Cytological examination and confirmation was done by pathologists.

Results: A total of 3001 women had attended village level IEC session and out that, 2352 (78.4%) women took part in the screening program. Out of these 2352 women, 2007 women (85.3% compliance) had given consent for physical cervical examination and Pap smear. The incidence of cervical cancer was 0.2% on the basis of clinical examination and biopsy.

Conclusions: Higher compliance for undergoing vaginal examination and Pap test shows the positive health seeking behaviour of the women but for that, strong IEC and sensitization about the disease must be done to improve the participation. Sensitivity of Pap test was poor and couldn’t find true positive cases.


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