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New cervical cancer screening recommendations give women more options

24 August 2018, 12:56 | Melissa Porter

New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines: What You Need to Know

For Cervical Cancer Screening, Women Over 30 Can Now Choose The HPV Test Only

Those above the age of 65 who have had 3 pap smears with no irregular results or 2 co-tests with no irregular results within the last 10 years no longer need to be screened for cervical cancer, even if they report having a new sexual partner.

The recommendations, which were published Tuesday in JAMA, say that women between ages 30 and 65 can rely on human papillomavirus (HPV) testing instead of, or in addition to, Pap smears.

According to CNN, in the past, the recommendation for that age group was to have a Pap every three years and co-testing every five years.

Added panelist Melissa Simon, MD, of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago: "Most cases of cervical cancer occur in women who have not been regularly screened or appropriately treated".

The new guidelines also recognize that risks and benefits of cervical cancer screening change as women age. Increasing competition among major companies in the market to develop advanced systems which provides increased precision and accuracy during treatment drives the Women's Health diagnostic testing market towards the growth curve.

- The target group of viewers of the HPV Testing report assimilates new aspirants hoping to have a huge understanding of the business, specialists, financial foundations, major partners, productivity, HPV Testing wholesalers, and industry partnership. The Task Force is an independent panel of experts that makes evidence-based recommendations on disease prevention.

Global Pap Tests and HPV Tests Market Research Report 2018: intelligence by Players, Type, Raw Material, Production, Distribution Channel, consumption, revenue (million USD) and Region -Forecast till 2025. "And we now have tests for HPV and that's an important step forward". Melnikow coauthored an evidence review for the USPSTF.

The report uses numerous methodological tools to analyze the growth factors of the global Cervical Cancer Diagnostics market.

But by the time a woman is 30, the virus has had time to potentially take hold in the tissue and start causing the damage that can lead to cancer.

Dr. George Sawaya, author of an editorial accompanying the new recommendations, agreed.

Screening women older than 65 who have had screening in the past and women under age 21 does not show any benefit, according to the task force. "With the new recommendations come new demands on patients, especially those who bear the greatest disease burden from cervical cancer: women from low socioeconomic backgrounds, women from communities of color, and other women with compromised access to timely and effective care". Although most HPV infections clear up on their own, in some cases, the virus lingers and may eventually lead to cervical cancer.

In addition, 10 years after approval of the first HPV prophylactic vaccine in the US, only 43 percent of adolescents (50 percent of girls and 38 percent of boys) were up to date with the HPV vaccination guidelines, compared with 88 percent for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine.

Although some women now have more choices for cervical cancer screening, the most important thing is for them to get screened: Efforts to carry out the guidelines should "focus on ensuring that women receive adequate screening, regardless of which strategy is used", the USPSTF said. And unfortunately most health plans don't do that. Health officials recommend the HPV vaccine as well.

"We know there are disparities in screening", Owens says.

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