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"These streamlined recommendations can improve compliance and reduce potential harms," said Debbie Saslow, a managing director at the American Cancer Society. "They are made possible by some important developments that have allowed us to transform our approach to cervical cancer screening, primarily a deeper understanding of the role of HPV and the development of tools to address it."
Until all labs transition to the new standard of primary HPV testing, the guideline says HPV tests can be used in combination with the Pap test. Such co-testing can be done every five years, or a Pap test alone can be administered every three years, the guideline says.
The previous guideline called for screening to begin at age 21, but HPV vaccination has resulted in a drop in cervical cancer rates.
The guideline was published July 30 in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
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