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HPV test can replace Pap smear for women, FDA panel says

For decades, Pap smears have been the first line of defense in screening women against cervical cancer. But now, an FDA committee has voted unanimously to replace the Pap smear with a DNA test designed to screen for human papilloma virus (HPV), MedPage Today reported.The cobas viral DNA test, manufactured by Roche Molecular Systems, detects for the presence of HPV 16 and 18 – the two strains that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancer cases – as well as for other high risk strains.Currently, the FDA recommends co-testing (using both Roche’s HPV test and Pap tests) for all women ages 30 to 65 every three years, or Pap testing alone every three years. For women ages 21 to 30, the FDA recommends only Pap testing every three years.Based on the new guidelines approved by the committee, all women over the age of 25 would be tested using only the HPV DNA test as their primary form of screening. Women ages 25 and older who test positive for HPV 16 or 18 would then undergo a colpos...

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    U.S. health experts recommended that a test for cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) be approved to replace Pap smears in screening most women fo...

  2. HPV Test Better than Pap Smear for Detecting Cervical Cancer, Study Finds

    A relatively new screening test for cervical cancer may be twice as accurate as the traditional pap smear in detecting the disease, according to a new study.The new ...

  3. HPV Test Better than Pap Smear for Detecting Cervical Cancer

    A new test to detect the presence of the HPV virus in women is also more effective than a standard Pap smear for detecting the presence of cervical cancer, the first...

  4. For Older Women, HPV Test Better Cancer Screen Than Pap Smear

    For more than 60 years the Pap smear has been the screening method of choice for cervical cancer, but it is not the best approach for assessing risk in older women, ...

  5. Women Want Annual Pap Smear Despite Guidelines

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  6. Pap Smear Debate

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