These screening intervals also limit false-negative results that would delay the diagnosis and treatment of a precancerous condition or cancer

These screening intervals also limit false-negative results that would delay the diagnosis and treatment of a precancerous condition or cancer

With these intervals, if an HPV infection or cell changes are missed at one screening exam, chances are good that those changes will be detected at the next one, when they can still be treated successfully

The success of cervical cancer screening is due, in part, to the repeat testing that women typically undergo over many years. A study of a large population of women receiving routine screening showed that women with a history of negative HPV/Pap cotest results have a very low risk of developing precancer or cancer even if a subsequent screening test reveals a new HPV infection or abnormal cervical cells. Continue reading “These screening intervals also limit false-negative results that would delay the diagnosis and treatment of a precancerous condition or cancer”