HPV Test Beats Pap Smear in Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds

July 18, 2014 9:00 PM

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FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study involving data on more than 1 million women finds the HPV test outperforming the standard Pap test in assessing cervical cancer risk.

Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) conclude that a negative test for HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is associated with an extremely low risk for cervical cancer and provides greater assurance of low cervical cancer risk than a negative Pap test.

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