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August 24, 2018

Women over 30 now have a new option when it comes to screening for cervical cancer, according to new guidelines released on Tuesday, August 21, by the US Preventative Services Task Force.

For women aged 30 to 65, screenings for cervical cancer performed every 3 years with cytology alone, every 5 years with hrHPV testing alone, or every 5 years with co-testing outweighs the harms.

In the past, the recommendations for women in that age group had suggested a Pap every three years and co-testing every five years.

They also added that screening women 65 years and older who had undergone previous adequate screening, women younger than 21 years, and women who have undergone a hysterectomy with cervix removal for indications other than high-grade precancerous lesions or cervical cancer, does not confer any significant benefit (Grade D recommendation). But in more recent years, a test has emerged that looks for infection with high-risk strains of a sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). This is the first time the USPSTF has recommended a method of cervical cancer screening that does not include the Pap test. But Debbie Saslow, senior director for HPV-related and women's cancers at the American Cancer Society, says if women have a choice, she would recommend the HPV test for women over 30. The overarching recommendation is simply that women should get screened, and to do so regularly until the age of 65. By Considering this growth, we provide Pap Tests and HPV Tests Market Research Report. "Although the USPSTF sets the standard for evidence-based recommendations and acknowledges the critical value of high-quality evidence in making recommendations, it might reasonably be asked, where is the evidence of value in cervical cancer screening?" wrote George Sawaya, MD, of the University of California San Francisco.

"It is not like you get HPV and then you get cancer", Schmeler said. For women who are 30 to 65, there are three very good options for them.

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Women can wait five years between HPV tests, the group says. "With the new recommendations come new demands on patients, especially those who bear the greatest disease burden from cervical cancer: women from low socioeconomic backgrounds, women from communities of color, and other women with compromised access to timely and effective care".

In addition, 10 years after approval of the first HPV prophylactic vaccine in the USA, only 43 percent of adolescents (50 percent of girls and 38 percent of boys) were up to date with the HPV vaccination guidelines, compared with 88 percent for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine. "Most cases of cervical cancer occur among women who have not been adequately screened", the Preventive Services Task Force says in its recommendations.

"Despite many advances such as the HPV prophylactic vaccine, for now, high-quality screening remains an essential tool in the prevention of cervical cancer", said Learman.

Sawaya pointed out that he is leading an ongoing evaluation of cost-effectiveness analyses "to determine the range of reasonable options for cervical cancer screening". Also increasing prevalence of breast cancer and rising awareness about advanced breast cancer diagnostic techniques leads to more women opting for diagnostic procedures.

One or more members of the task force disclosed relationships with Healthwise, the National Area Health Education Center Organization, and the Merck Foundation. But Owens says a vaccine alone doesn't replace cervical cancer screening.

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