The Pap smear has been the gold standard of cervical cancer screening for the past 60 years, but studies have shown the newer HPV-DNA test can spot more cases.
Some researchers say conducting both tests can better find the most pre-cancerous cases, but researchers at Boston University Medical Center say whichever test doctors and their patients choose is not really as important, as how often patients are screened.
The majority of cervical cancer cases are in women who have missed getting that test regularly. New guidelines from the American Cancer Society suggest that between the ages of 30 and 65, women should be screened for cervical cancer every3 years.
The research was done at Boston University Medical Center, and the article was published in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’.
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