European women's group calls for human papillomavirus testing

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:772
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    A pan-European group of high profile women is pressing for the introduction of routine testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) in all 15 European Union states to ensure the early detection of cervical cancer.

    The organisation, European Women for HPV Testing, believes that the move could save the lives of 12800 women every year.

    The group maintains that with the current state of scientific knowledge and medical capabilities no European woman need die from cervical cancer. It has contacted the European commissioners in charge of public health, equal opportunities, and medical devices—David Byrne, Anna Diamantopoulou, …

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