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USPSTF: HPV Testing Alone Adequate Cervical Cancer Screening for Some Women

Jason Harris
Published: Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018

Lee Shulman, MD

Lee Shulman, MD

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued new guidelines recommending that women aged 30 to 65 years at average risk for cervical cancer can choose to receive a Pap smear alone every 3 years or screening with the high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) test alone or cotesting every 5 years. Women aged 21 to 29 years should receive a Pap test every 3 years.

“We know that some populations are affected by cervical cancer more than others,” USPSTF vice chair Douglas K. Owens, MD, director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, said in a statement. “We need more research to determine how we can effectively reduce disparities among these women, and ultimately, help save more lives.”


  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for cervical cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement [published online August 21, 2018]. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10897.
  2. Beavis AL, Gravitt PE, Rositch AF. Hysterectomy-corrected cervical cancer mortality rates reveal a larger racial disparity in the United States. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30507.

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