HPV test new standard cervical cancer screening

Massuger , Leon

During World Cancer day the 4th of February 2015 gynecological oncologist professor Leon Massuger, theme Women's Cancer gave a presentation on the HPV (human papillomavirus) test as a new standard for cervical cancer screening. This presentation was given together with a patient that had participated in one of the HPV screening studies.

In January 2016 HPV will be included in the national sceening program on cervical cancer in The Netherlands. The cervix smear will primarily be tested for HPV instead of the classical cytological approach. How reliable is the HPV test? What will change for women? Why can't all women do a self-test at home?

The Nijmegen research group has participated in several large multicentre studies on this topic.

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