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New draft guidelines from the USPSTF recommend changes in the way women ages 30 to 65 are screened for cervical cancer.
Results from a recent study could have an effect on current cervical cancer screening guidelines that recommend co-testing with HPV test and Pap smear.
A recent report supports the idea that women over age 40 who screen negative for HPV may not need to be tested for cervical cancer as often as current guidelines recommend. Photo source: National Cancer Institute