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Cervical Cancer

19 May 2011

3 year gap in cervical cancer test

Healthy women over 30 who test negative for human papillomaviruses (HPV) may be able to safely extend the period between gynaecological exams.

Healthy women over 30 who test negative for human papillomaviruses (HPV) may be able to safely extend the period between gynaecological exams from every year to three years, said a US study.

Among women who had a normal Pap smear and tested negative for HPV, which can cause cervical cancer, the five-year cancer risk was "very low: 2.3 per 100,000 women per year," it said.

 

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