Cervical cancer tests offer little hope

Published: March 19, 2020

According to a recent study funded by the Medical Research Council, UK, now even tests cannot help doctors diagnose women at risk of cancer. Testing for the human papilloma virus (HPV) linked to cervical cancer does not allow doctors to predict which woman is in need of immediate follow- up.

In UK, every year millions of women undergo the screening process for cervical cancer as a part of national program. In this study, 4439 women from Nottingham, Grampian and Tayside underwent the tests for cervical cancer. The researchers found that 70% of women who have been tested positive for HPV did not develop signs of cervical cancer during first three years. According to news.bbc.co.uk, study leader from the Department of Gynaecology at the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Maggie Cruickshank was quoted as saying, “The most important thing is to attend for cervical cancer screening - the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer. Our study is showing that HPV is such a common infection in younger women that testing for it doesn’t help decide which is the best action to take.”

www.recentnews.co.uk reports that out of a group of 100 women, only six women receive a marginal result. But even out of these six, only a few will develop a cervical cancer. According to the researchers, no additional tests will facilitate doctors in diagnosing cervical cancer but women aged 40 and above might be diagnosed through HPV testing

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