HPV tests are more accurate for cervical cancer than cytology

04/27/2010 | Reuters

A U.K. study of 11,000 women found that participants who showed negative results after undergoing human papillomavirus testing for cervical cancer were less likely to develop precancerous cells for at least six years than their counterparts who had negative cytology results. In another study, Finnish scientists found that HPV tests are more accurate than smear tests in spotting severe precancerous lesions.

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