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"Colposcopy Procedures Help Detect Cervical Cancer''

The Hindu
09 July 2011
Chennai, India

Chennai records the highest incidence of cervical cancer in India
State Health Minister Vijay, inspecting equipment at the inaugural function of a workshop on colposcopy in Chennai on Friday. Photo: R. Ravindran State Health Minister Vijay, inspecting equipment at the inaugural function of a workshop on colposcopy in Chennai on Friday. Photo: R. Ravindran
With Chennai recording the highest incidence of cervical cancer cases in India, adoption of colposcopy procedures have helped early detection of the condition in women. This was revealed at the inauguration of the pre–congress workshop on ‘Colposcopy' at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital here on Friday.

Health Minister V.S.Vijay who inaugurated the workshop said, “Colposcopy is used to detect cancer of the cervix at an early stage. Cervical cancer is usually neglected by patients. It is useful to diagnose the condition early.”

Tamil Nadu had introduced the low–cost, effective diagnosis – Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid method. “The advantages of the VIA method are its simplicity, short learning curve, and the results are easily available,” said obstetrician Ramani Rajendran. “With conventional Pap Smear tests there are some inherent disadvantages – delay in getting results and the lack of trained cytopathologists to report on smears,” said Ms.Ramani.

Over 80 participants attended the colposcopy workshop and 40 women were screened for cervical cancer. “Through this procedure, the cervix can be routinely checked for abnormalities,” said M.Mohanambal, Director, Government Kasturba Hospital and President of the Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of Southern India (OGSSI). “The high risk groups are those women who have poor hygiene, poor nutrition, many sexual partners or history of cancer in the family,” she said.

The one–day workshops will be followed by a two–day conference organised by The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (YUVA FOGSI) in SRMC, Porur.

Director of Medical Education C.Vamsadhara, Dean of the Madras Medical College V.Kanagasabai and OGSSI Secretary Jayashree Srinivasan were also present.

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