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Papillomavirus DNA in smear test raises risk of cervical cancer

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1454
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    A single positive finding of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in a pap smear test confers a markedly increased risk of subsequent development of cervical cancer, according to a new study. Based on this finding, it has been suggested that it may be prudent to test for HPV DNA in conjunction with routine pap smears.

    Infection with HPV has long been known to be a cause of cervical cancer. …

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