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HPV testing could cut cervical cancers by a third, finds study

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3888 (Published 14 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3888
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Testing women for the human papillomavirus (HPV) before traditional cervical cytology could prevent around 600 cases of cervical cancer a year in England, a third of the number of cases diagnosed, a study has found.

To estimate the potential effect of primary HPV testing in England, researchers identified more than 8750 women with cervical cancer and looked at their screening records.

They found that nearly 40% had had a negative cytology test in the six years before their cancer was diagnosed, compared with 70% of women without cervical cancer. They estimated that using an HPV test that was 95% sensitive as the …

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