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Table 3 Detailed search strategy

From: Breast and cervical cancer screening services in Malawi: a systematic review

Embase 12-06-2019
Breast cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Breast AND neoplasms 575,615
2 Breast tumour 519,737
3 Breast cancer 569,731
4 #1 OR #2 OR #3 622,644
5 ‘early cancer diagnosis’ 5194
6 Early AND detection AND of AND cancer 61,184
7 ‘diagnosis’ 5,376,368
8 Diagnostic AND screening AND programmes 1445
9 Diagnostic AND screening 128,611
10 Screening 996,666
11 #5 OR #6 OR #7 OR #8 OR #9 OR #10 6,057,820
12 #4 AND #11 197,498
13 Malawi 10,615
14 Malawian 1433
15 Nyasaland 43
16 #13 OR #14 OR #15 10,745
17 #12 AND #16 31
Cervical cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 ‘uterine cervix tumor’ 26,140
2 Uterine AND cervical AND neoplasms 4174
3 Cervical AND tumour 6052
4 Cervical AND neoplasms 6981
5 Cervical AND cancer 110,347
6 #1 OR #2 OR #3 OR #4 OR #5 130,012
7 ‘early cancer diagnosis’ 5194
8 Early AND detection AND of AND cancer 61,184
9 ‘diagnosis’ 5,376,368
10 Diagnostic AND screening AND programmes 1445
11 Diagnostic AND screening 128,611
12 Screening 996,666
13 #7 OR #8 OR #9 OR #10 OR #11 OR #12 6,057,820
14 #6 AND #13 60,592
15 Malawi 10,615
16 Malawian 1433
17 Nyasaland 43
18 #15 OR #16 OR #17 10,745
19 #14 AND #18 53
PubMed 12-06-2019
Breast cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Breast neoplasms [MeSH Terms] 276,872
2 Breast cancer 385,709
3 (Breast neoplasms [MeSH Terms]) OR (Breast cancer) 385,709
4 Early detection of cancer [MeSH Terms] 21,380
5 Diagnosis [MeSH Terms] 8,178,463
6 Diagnostic screening programmes [MeSH Terms] 23
7 Screening 4,523,284
8 (((Early detection of cancer [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnosis [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnostic screening programmes [MeSH Terms]) OR Screening 9,737,844
9 (((Breast neoplasms [MeSH Terms]) OR (Breast cancer)) AND (((Early detection of cancer [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnosis [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnostic screening programmes [MeSH Terms]) OR Screening) 194,845
10 Malawi [MeSH Terms] 4772
11 Malawi 8491
12 Nyasaland 8498
13 ((Malawi [MeSH Terms]) OR Malawi) OR Nyasaland 8498
14 (((((Breast neoplasms [MeSH Terms]) OR (Breast cancer)) AND ((((Early detection of cancer [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnosis [MeSH Terms]) OR Diagnostic screening programmes [MeSH Terms]) OR Screening))) AND (((Malawi [MeSH Terms]) OR Malawi) OR Nyasaland) 22
Cervical cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Uterine cervical neoplasms [MeSH Terms] 71,732
2 Cervical cancer 101,035
3 #1 OR #2 101,035
4 Early detection of cancer [MeSH Terms] 21,380
5 Diagnosis [MeSH Terms] 8,178,463
6 Diagnostic screening programmes [MeSH Terms] 23
7 Screening 4,523,284
8 #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 9,737,844
9 #3 AND #8 61,524
10 Malawi [MeSH Terms] 4772
11 Malawi 8491
12 Nyasaland 8498
13 #10 OR #11 OR #12 8498
14 #9 AND #13 37
Ovid MEDLINE 12-06-2019
Breast cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Breast neoplasms/ 270,748
2 Breast cancer.mp. 219,170
3 #1 OR #2 312,335
4 ‘Early Detection of Cancer’/ 21,297
5 Diagnosis/ 17,205
6 Early diagnosis/ 24,372
7 Diagnostic screening programmes.mp. 1
8 Mass screening/ 97,678
9 Screening.mp. 491,999
10 #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 OR #8 OR #9 535,354
11 #3 AND #10 28,458
12 Malawi/ 4766
13 Malawi.mp. 5935
14 Nyasaland.mp. 44
15 #12 OR #13 OR #14 5937
16 #11 AND #15 5
Cervical cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Uterine neoplasms/ 71,669
2 cervical cancer.mp. 36,898
3 #1 OR #2 79,060
4 ‘Early Detection of Cancer’/ 21,297
5 Diagnosis/ 17,205
6 Early diagnosis/ 24,372
7 Diagnostic screening programmes.mp. 1
8 Mass screening/ 97,678
9 Screening.mp. 491,999
10 #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 OR #8 OR #9 535,354
11 #3 AND #10 15,768
12 Malawi/ 4766
13 Malawi.mp. 5935
14 Nyasaland.mp. 44
15 #12 OR #13 OR #14 5937
16 #11 AND #15 13
The Cochrane Library 11-06-2019
Breast cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 MeSH descriptor: [Breast Neoplasms] explode all trees 11,655
2 (breast cancer):ti,ab,kw 33,063
3 #1 OR #2 34,039
4 MeSH descriptor: [Early Detection of Cancer] explode all trees 995
5 MeSH descriptor: [Diagnosis] explode all trees 315,302
6 MeSH descriptor: [Diagnostic Screening Programs] explode all trees 0
7 (screening):ti,ab,kw 47,009
8 #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 353,405
9 #3 AND #8 8013
10 MeSH descriptor: [Malawi] explode all trees 319
11 (Malawi):ti,ab,kw 837
12 (Nyasaland):ti,ab,kw 0
13 #10 OR #11 OR #12 837
14 #9 AND #13 0
Cervical cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 MeSH descriptor: [Uterine Cervical Neoplasms] explode all trees 1874
2 (cervical cancer):ti,ab,kw 4045
3 #1 OR #2 4667
4 MeSH descriptor: [Early Detection of Cancer] explode all trees 995
5 MeSH descriptor: [Diagnosis] explode all trees 315,302
6 MeSH descriptor: [Diagnostic Screening Programs] explode all trees 0
7 (screening):ti,ab,kw 47,009
8 #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 353,405
9 #3 AND #8 1983
10 MeSH descriptor: [Malawi] explode all trees 319
11 (Malawi):ti,ab,kw 837
12 (Nyasaland):ti,ab,kw 0
13 #10 OR #11 OR #12 837
14 #9 AND #13 3
Global Health 13-06-2019
Breast cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 (breast and neoplasms).sh. 13,617
2 Breast cancer/ 25,073
3 Breast cancer.mp. 28,779
4 1 or 2 or 3 29,042
5 Screening.sh. 55,422
6 Diagnosis.sh. 145,385
7 Early diagnosis.sh. 1798
8 Early detection of cancer.mp. 119
9 Diagnostic screening programmes.mp. 0
10 Screening.mp. 116,243
11 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 242,276
12 4 or 11 6147
13 Malawi/ 5252
14 Malawi.mp. 5470
15 Nyasaland.mp. 5252
16 13 or 14 or 15 5470
17 12 and 16 8
Cervical cancer screening search
Search No. Query Results
1 Uterine cervical neoplasms.mp. 206
2 cervical cancer/ 13,153
3 Breast cancer.mp. 14,835
4 1 or 2 or 3 14,837
5 Screening.sh. 55,422
6 Diagnosis.sh. 145,385
7 Early diagnosis.sh. 1798
8 Early detection of cancer.mp. 119
9 Diagnostic screening programmes.mp. 0
10 Screening.mp. 116,243
11 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 242,276
12 4 or 11 6882
13 Malawi/ 5252
14 Malawi.mp. 5470
15 Nyasaland.mp. 5252
16 13 or 14 or 15 5470
17 12 and 16 19
African Journals OnLine (AJOL) 13-06-2019
Query Result
Screening AND Malawi 7
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