The human papilloma virus causes most — but not all — cases of cancer of the cervix.
January 8, 2015 An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.
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Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
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May 21, 2014 The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.
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Cells gathered during a Pap test. Those on the left are normal, and those on the right are infected with human papillomavirus.
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January 3, 2013 Too many women who don't need regular Pap tests are still getting them. Other women who could benefit from the tests aren't getting them, often those are women without health insurance.
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