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Home-Based Test Can Detect Cervical Cancer Virus: Study
Date:11/3/2011

hile Waxman acknowledged that the home-based tests produce many false-positive results, he added that they are also more sensitive to signs of cancer than Pap smears.

So why not replace Pap smears with HPV tests in the United States? "In the United States, we don't do just one test. Women have multiple Pap tests," Waxman said. Cervical cancer "is a slow-growing process, so you make up for that difference by doing multiple tests over time."

The Lancet study was led by Eduardo Lazcano-Ponce of the Centre of Investigation in Population Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Morelos, Mexico, and Attila Lorincz of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London.

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For more about cervical cancer, see the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Nov. 2, 2011; Alan G. Waxman, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


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