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Old 07-21-2014, 08:07 AM
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In the US, cotesting for human papilloma virus and Pap testing for cervical cancer every 5 years for women aged 30-65 years is now recommended. However, human papilloma virus testing alone may provide better reassurance against cervical cancer than Pap testing alone and similar reassurance to cotesting.

Negative HPV test may predict lower cervical cancer risk than a negative Pap -- ScienceDaily

Journal Reference:
J. C. Gage, M. Schiffman, H. A. Katki, P. E. Castle, B. Fetterman, N. Wentzensen, N. E. Poitras, T. Lorey, L. C. Cheung, W. K. Kinney. Reassurance Against Future Risk of Precancer and Cancer Conferred by a Negative Human Papillomavirus Test. JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2014; 106 (8): dju153 DOI: 10.1093/jnci/dju153
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:48 AM
Location: Georgia, USA
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Earlier this year the FDA approved HPV testing for primary screening for cervical cancer:


"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the cobas HPV Test (Roche Molecular Systems, Inc) for primary cervical cancer screening in women aged 25 years or older.

This is the first human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA test approved in the United States that can be used alone to detect high-risk HPV. The test is recommended for first-line screening, and can specifically identify HPV genotypes 16 and 18, which are responsible for about 70% of all cervical cancers. It also concurrently detects 12 other high-risk genotypes (31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 66, and 68)."
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