Doctors: Pap Smear Remains Best Test for Cervical Cancer


October 18, 2011

USA Today

There's more news on cancer screening tests — this time for women.

Scientists advising the government say a Pap test is a good way to screen young and middle-aged women for cervical cancer, and it's only needed once every three years. But they say there is not enough evidence yet to back testing for HPV, the virus that causes the disease.

That's at odds with the American Cancer Society and other groups, which have long said that using both tests can be an option for women over 30.

Those groups and the government advisory task force separately plan to release proposed new guidelines for cervical cancer screening on Wednesday and invite public comment. The task force is the same group that recommended against routine PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer, saying they were doing more harm than good for men at average risk... Read More

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