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Your Health: Pap Test Changes

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New screening guidelines for cervical cancer?  That's what a special FDA advisory panel is recommending.  For 60 years women have gotten a traditional pap test to screen for abnormal squamous cells that could indicate cervical cancer. The FDA advisory panel says it's better to screen first with the HPV test, which tests for the DNA of the human papillomavirus or HPV.  And that is the cause of more than 99-percent of all cervical cancers.  Ultimately, if a pap test comes back suspicious, women automatically get the HPV test. Doctors we spoke to say the new guidelines are up for debate and the bottom line of which tests to get are between a women and her doctor.

 

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