Papanicolaou testing and hysterectomy prevalence in low-income communities: a survey in Los Angeles County

Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 1977 Dec:47:113-9.


A survey of the prevalence of Papanicolaou (Pap) testing and of hysterectomy and a feasibility study were conducted in low-income communities with high rates of cervical cancer, identified by an analysis of mortality and case rates. Although about 90% of the women reported having had a Pap regular testing. For example, in the 5 years preceding the study (1971--75), about a quarter of the women had been tested only once and about a third not at all. No evidence of a secular change in hysterectomy prevalence in these communities was found.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • California
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Papanicolaou Test*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Vaginal Smears / statistics & numerical data*