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NEJM Report Finds HPV Test More Effective Than Pap in Determining Cervical Cancer Risk
Date:10/18/2007

d, after breast cancer, is the second-most-common malignancy found in women. Cervical cancer is caused by "high-risk" types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are sexually transmitted. It's estimated that 80 percent of women will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives. However, in most cases, the infection goes away or is suppressed by the body without causing problems. It is only infections that persist that can cause abnormal cells to form that may develop into cervical cancer if not detected and treated early.

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(1) The hc2 High Risk HPV test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the follow-up evaluation of women with ASC-US (inconclusive) cytology and for use as an adjunctive test combined with the Pap to screen women age 30 years and older.

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