[Ed. – If only there were a single word that could take the place of the clumsy phrase in quotes.]
Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65, with the primary human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years as the preferred method of testing, according to a new guideline released Thursday by the American Cancer Society.
The cervical cancer screening recommendations say that HPV testing in combination with a Pap test — also known as co-testing — every five years or a Pap test alone every three years are still acceptable options as not all laboratories have transitioned to the primary HPV testing.
The updated guideline appears in the ACS’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinician.
The ACS last updated its guideline in 2012 and recommended to start screening at age 21.