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Cervical cancer screening: Physicians unconvinced on HPV DNA test

from Medscape Medical News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of a human papillomavirus test as a primary cervical cancer screening test in women as young as 25 years, yet physicians are unlikely to ditch the Pap test soon, experts say. If the cobas test is used as a primary screen, those who test positive for HPV 16 or HPV 18 are supposed to have a colposcopy, according to the FDA. If they test positive for 1 of the other high-risk HPV types, they are supposed to have a Pap test to determine whether they need colposcopy. more


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