Date of Award

Spring 5-2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College Theses



Second Advisor

Dr. Joyce W. O'Rourke

Third Advisor

Dr. Beverly Wade


Although cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in the United States, it still remains the leading cause of cancer mortality in El Salvador. This is attributed to poor cancer screening in El Salvador. The Pap smear test is the traditional screening method that pathologists use for the direction of cervical cancer in women, but the Thin Prep test is said to be an improvement to the Prep smear test. In this project, we will use the data from pathologists in the United States and El Salvador who analyzed the slides of 471 Salvadoran women who were given both the Pep smear and Thin Prep tests. With this data the Kappa statistic will be used to compare the level of agreement between the pathologists in the United States and pathologists in El Salvador. Their level of agreement will affect the outcome of which test, Thin Prep or Pap smear, is more sensitive in detecting cervical cancer. Finding results to this problem could help to terminate the growing number of women in El Salvador who are at risk or have cervical cancer.

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Mathematics Commons