ASCO Offers Advice on Cervical Cancer Screening Based on Available Resources — Physician’s First Watch

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October 13, 2016

ASCO Offers Advice on Cervical Cancer Screening Based on Available Resources

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

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.

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