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Background: Worldwide cervical cancer is the second among women. In high-risk countries, cervical cancer affects a substantial number of women of reproductive age and occupationally active women who have limited access to screening or early diagnosis for economic reasons or because of cultural barriers.
Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional and field study based on the cervical sample taken by the woman herself and the health professional, for further investigation of cervical cancer.
Results: In more than 98% of the samples by self-diagnosis, there was a diagnostic agreement with those obtained by the health professionals.
Conclusion: There is a high diagnostic correspondence between the sample taken by the woman herself and the health professional, that the educational level of the females does not influence the decision to perform the self-test, nor in their ability to learn the test, and that this study is the first of its kind in Venezuela.
Palabras clave: Cytology, cervical cancer, autotome, research.
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