CANCER, Volume 39, Number 4: Pages 1570-1572,
April 1977.

Rarity of cancer of the cervix in the Malaysian Orang Asli despite the presence of known risk factors.

Sumithran E.

Cancer of the cervix is exceedingly uncommon in the Malaysian Orang Asli (aborigine), despite the presence of factors associated with an increased risk of developing this malignancy. In only three patients was the diagnosis of carcinoma of the cervix established, out of a total of nearly 18,000 female inpatients, admitted to the Gombak Orang Asli Hospital over a 13-year period. Over this same period, 81 female patients were diagnosed as having cancer. Interviews with female Orang Asli patients show the presence of alleged risk factors for cervical cancer, including early age of first intercourse, multiparity and non-circumcision of husbands. The low incidence of cancer of the cervix in this aborigine community may be due to the strict moral code of the Orang Asli, limiting extramarital sexual activity and associated venereal infection.

PMID: 856445 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

(File revised 20 November 2006)