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Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening Updated and Published

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™ for Cervical Cancer Screening have been updated to v.1.2010. The updated NCCN Guidelines include a new section providing recommendations for women who have positive results for the HPV High Risk DNA test but negative cervical cytology screen/Pap smears.

The new section in the updated NCCN Guidelines provides guidance for women 30 years and older who receive a positive result using the HPV High Risk DNA test but have a negative cervical cytology/Pap smear. Their options may include either 1) have the more specific HPV 16/18 DNA test, or 2) proceed directly to colposcopy. A colposcopy, where the cervix is viewed through a long focal-length microscope, is the primary method for evaluating women with abnormal cervical cytologies.