Global epidemiology of hysterectomy

possible impact on gynecological cancer rates

Anne Hammer, Anne Rositch, Johnny Kahlert, Patti E. Gravitt, Jan Blaakaer, Mette Søgaard

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Abstract

Despite the fact that hysterectomy is the most common surgical procedure worldwide in gynecology, national reporting of the incidence rate of gynecological cancers rarely removes the proportion no longer at risk of the disease from the population-at-risk-denominator (ie, women who have had a hysterectomy). The incidence rate of gynecological cancers is thus likely underestimated. Because hysterectomy, as well as oophorectomy, incidence varies across countries, age, and over time, meaningful comparison of gynecological cancer incidence rates may be compromised. Without accurate estimates of gynecological cancer incidence rates, performed via removing the proportion of hysterectomized or oophorectomized women from the population-at-risk-denominator, the impact of prevention strategies may be masked or misinterpreted. Furthermore, because national cervical cancer screening guidelines are at least in part based on the national reporting of cervical cancer incidence, it is important that the incidence rate reflects the true population at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10278
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume213
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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Hysterectomy
Epidemiology
Incidence
Neoplasms
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Ovariectomy
Gynecology
Early Detection of Cancer
Guidelines

Keywords

  • cervical cancer screening
  • epidemiology
  • gynecological cancer
  • hysterectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)

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Global epidemiology of hysterectomy : possible impact on gynecological cancer rates. / Hammer, Anne; Rositch, Anne; Kahlert, Johnny; Gravitt, Patti E.; Blaakaer, Jan; Søgaard, Mette.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 213, No. 1, 10278, 01.07.2015, p. 23-29.

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Hammer, Anne ; Rositch, Anne ; Kahlert, Johnny ; Gravitt, Patti E. ; Blaakaer, Jan ; Søgaard, Mette. / Global epidemiology of hysterectomy : possible impact on gynecological cancer rates. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2015 ; Vol. 213, No. 1. pp. 23-29.
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