London: Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, say that cervical cancer screening intervals could be extended to five years for women aged 30 and over if the primary screening method was human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. A study showed that HPV tests are very accurate in identifying early signs of cervical cancer, detecting more serious abnormalities compared to current cytology screening in women aged 30 and over. The study, led by David Mesher, from the Cancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics at Queen Mary, University of London, recruited more than 11,000 women from 161 family practices around the UK.
The research has been published in the British Journal of Cancer. (ANI)
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