Published in Cancer Weekly, May 21st, 2002
Currently, many of the estimated 2.5 million American women a year with abnormal but inconclusive results are given at least two follow-up Pap tests within a year; or a colposcopy test, in which the cervix is examined and sometimes biopsied; or a test for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the chief cause of cervical cancer.
The new guidelines say HPV testing alone should be the preferred method because it is more convenient for the patient. In many cases, the HPV...
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