Experts: Frequent screenings will slow cervical cancer

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Fighting cervical cancer may require more frequent screenings. That's according to a new commentary from Annals of Internal Medicine. Most diagnoses for cervical cancer occur in women who have not had any recent screenings for the disease. Any type of frequent testing can help with early detection.

This past April, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new screening method for the Human Papilloma Virus, a primary cause of cervical cancer diagnoses in approximately 12,000 American women per year. The screening, known as the Cobas HPV test, was cleared for screening cervical cancer in women 25 years and older. This test was developed as an alternative or in combination to the HPV test and Pap smear taken every five and three years respectively.

According to Annals of Internal Medicine, all approved cervical cancer screenings are tested on their ability to accurately detect most of the cancer with a very low rate of error. However, the commentary states that women with lengthy screening intervals might not follow up with an additional test. This puts themselves at risk . The most important element of cancer screening, the commentary states, is the frequency of being screened rather than the actual choice of the test.

Written by:
Alana Yzola, WUSA9


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