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UNC study firms up promise of potential new cervical cancer screening tool
Date:5/21/2008

sefully inform clinical practice for future cervical cancer screening programs, Smith said. Additionally, we need more information on whether the persistence of specific HPV types such as 16 or 18 is associated with relative differences in increased risk.

In the future, measuring persistence of HPV infection may optimize screening for cervical cancer by increasing sensitivity while maintaining comparable specificity to Pap smear testing, Smith said. What that means, essentially, is that we might be better able to identify potential cervical cancer cases that could otherwise go undetected.


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