London: Scientists have claimed that thescreening intervals of cervical cancer should be extended tofive years for women aged 30 and over if the primary screeningmethod was human papillomavirus (HPV) testing.
Results showed the women with HPV negative results hada lower rate of developing pre-cancerous (CIN2+) cells for atleast six years compared with women who recorded a negativecytology result. Co-scientist David Mesher said: "The data shows HPVtesting offers improved protection from CIN2+ after a negativeresult compared with the protection afforded from a normalcytology result." Professor Cuzick added: "There is now an overwhelmingcase for moving to HPV as the primary screening test for women30 and over and demonstration projects should start for thisnow." The findings have been published in the latest editionof the `British Journal of Cancer`.PTI
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