Study: HPV test more effective than Pap smear in cervical cancer screening

11/3/2013 | HealthDay News

An analysis of data on more than 175,000 women 20 to 64 in Europe showed human papillomavirus screening was better than Pap smear in detecting invasive cervical cancer. Researchers followed the subjects for an average of six and a half years after receiving the tests and found that although both methods provided similar levels of protection against cervical cancer for the first two and a half years, HPV screening provided 60% to 70% greater protection against cervical cancer than Pap test in the long run. The study appeared in The Lancet.

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