New study finds HPV test may be more effective in cervical cancer screening

Study Suggests protection from cervical cancer through HPV screening may be better than Pap test. Screening offered greater protection against cervical cancer three years after either test was given. Screening for the human papillomavirus (HPV) is more effective than Pap tests for protecting women against invasive cervical cancer, a new study suggests.The increased protection offered by HPV screening was particularly notable in women aged 30 to 35. HPV-based screening provides 60â?”70% greater protection against invasive cervical carcinomas compared with cytologyThe researchers also found that HPV screening every five years was most protective against invasive cancers of the cervix, compared with Pap test screening done every three years. Read the summary here in the Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140-6736(13)62218-7/abstract

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