August 24, 2018
TUESDAY, August 21, 2018 (CNN) — Women over 30 years old have a new option when it comes to screening for cervical cancer, according to guidelines released Tuesday by the US Preventive Services Task Force and published in the journal JAMA.
Because most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, women 30 to 65 can opt to get an HPV test every five years, a Pap test every three years or a combination of both tests every five years.
NOTE: Testing with both a Pap test and HPV test (co-testing) identifies 94.5% of all cervical cancers and pre-cancers.The Prevent Cancer Foundation® applauds the USPSTF’s decision to retain co-testing in cervical cancer screening guidelines. Read our statement here.
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