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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 107-109

Malignancies of the female genital tract at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital: a ten year review -- 1990-1999


Department of Pathology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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S O Nwosu
Department of Pathology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nigeria
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OBJECTIVES: To determine the relative frequencies of malignant disease of the female genital tract. DESIGN: A retrospective review of histopathology report. SETTING: University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. SUBJECTS: Women who had gynaecologic cancers. RESULTS: The cervix was the commonest site of malignant disease (63.1% ) followed by the endometrium, ovary, vulva and vagina. The age of the patients varied with the type of cancer as follows - endometrium (54.8 years), cervix (51.9 years), ovary (40.4 years), choriocarcinoma (30.6 years). CONCLUSION: There is an urgent need to establish a national community - based cervical cytology service to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer and its attendant morbidity and mortality.


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