HPV screening more effective at protecting against cancer

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HPV screening can be 60 to 70 percent better at protecting against invasive cervical cancer than cytology-based screening, according to a new study from Italy.

Researchers analyzed the effectiveness of both tests in data from four different trials, which included over 175,000 women between ages 20 and 64 from Sweden, England, Italy, and the Netherlands. They found after an average of 2.5 years, the efficacy of both tests was about the same, but after that period fewer cancers were found in women who had undergone HPV screening. Their results indicated 60 to 70 percent more women were protected from cervical cancer by undergoing HPV screening

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