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Landmark Study in The New England Journal of Medicine Shows HPV Testing Significantly Reduces Deaths from Cervical Cancer, Compared to other Methods Including Pap
Date:4/1/2009

stitutions and health non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Development of next-generation HPV technologies, including the careHPV test - designed specifically for low-resource, developing countries
  • Tiered-pricing initiatives for low-resource countries

  • "This landmark study further validates the value of QIAGEN's HPV test as the gold standard for cervical cancer screening and demonstrates that the incidence of advanced cervical cancer and deaths are actually reduced -- and hence lives saved -- when HPV screening is implemented," said Peer Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN. "QIAGEN's HPV testing technology is already being used to routinely screen millions of women in the United States and Europe. We're committed to working together with the public health community to ensure that women everywhere have access to the best cervical cancer prevention tools." Moving forward QIAGEN will collaborate with a team of global health partners -- including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University -- on the administration of the donation program.

    Led by Dr. Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the randomized, controlled trial compared the efficacy of three methods of cervical cancer screening: VIA, Pap testing (cytology) and HPV testing with QIAGEN's hybrid capture 2 (hc2) DNA testing technology (called the digene HPV Test). The study was conducted in the Maharashtra state of India, and was supported with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    It is the first randomized controlled trial to measure incidence of cervical cancer and associated rates of death as the primary outcomes, using different tools for screening. In a
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