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HPV Test Beats Pap Smear in Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Date:7/21/2014

al well-woman visit remains an excellent venue to re-assess your health and risk status, to evaluate your complete health as well as to address any concerns you may have."

However, a negative HPV test does not mean that a woman is risk-free for life, Rabin stressed. "The risk of HPV and other sexually transmitted infections remains a factor should your risk status change -- for example, a new partner, or any illness which suppresses your immune system," she said.

The study was published online July 18 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an influential advisory group, currently recommends Pap testing every three years between the ages 21 to 65, or co-testing every five years between the ages 30 to 65 for women with normal screening results.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about cervical cancer screening.

SOURCES: Jill Maura Rabin, M.D., co-chief, division of ambulatory care, Women's Health Programs-PCAP Services, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; U.S. National Cancer Institute, news release, July 18, 2014

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