04 Jul HPV Testing Detects Cervical Pre-Cancer Earlier Than PAP Tests
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Gina Ogilvie | MD MSc FCFP DrPH
Professor | Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia
Canada Research Chair | Global control of HPV related disease and cancer
Senior Public Health Scientist | BC Centre for Disease Control
Senior Research Advisor | BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: HPV is known to be the cause of 99% of cervcial cancers.
In this study, we compared the routine screening test for cervical cancer, Pap test, to HPV testing.
We found that by using HPV testing, women were significantly more likely to have cervical pre-cancers detected earlier. In addition, women with negative HPV tests were significantly less likely to have pre-cancers 48 months later.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: HPV testing detects cervical pre-cancer earlier than Pap tests, and also offers assurance for women who are HPV negative that they are very unlikely to have pre-cancer 48 months later.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Long term (ie 10 year) follow up will confirm the findings
Disclosures: Disclosures listed on the JAMA paper
Ogilvie GS, van Niekerk D, Krajden M, et al. Effect of Screening With Primary Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing on High-grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia at 48 MonthsThe HPV FOCAL Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;320(1):43–52. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7464
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