ASCO Offers Advice on Cervical Cancer Screening Based on Available Resources — Physician’s First Watch
ASCO Offers Advice on Cervical Cancer Screening Based on Available Resources
By Kelly Young
The American Society of Clinical Oncology has published a set of recommendations for cervical cancer screening based on a community's available resources.
The guidelines, published in the Journal of Global Oncology, recommend that asymptomatic women in all settings undergo human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing.
In a maximal resource setting, women aged 25–65 years should be screened every 5 years.
In an enhanced setting, if women aged 30–65 have two consecutive negative HPV tests 5 years apart, the screening interval may be stretched to 10 years.
In a resource-limited setting, women aged 30–49 years can be screened every 10 years.
In a basic setting, women 30–49 may be screened one to three times in their lifetime.
Table 1 in the paper defines the four different types of settings. In addition, the guidelines offer treatment recommendations and advice for special populations, such as those who are HIV-positive.