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Think One Test Is All That’s Needed To Detect Cervical Cancer? Think Again

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 12,400 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, and more than 4,000 will die of the disease. The incidence of cervical cancer deaths has declined dramatically in the United States due to early detection as a result of screening with the Pap test.

But is the Pap test enough?

There is a debate within the medical community about how to best screen for cervical cancer in women – with a pap test, a hpv – test or both.

In April 2014, the FDA approved an indication for the cobas® HPV test to be used alone as a primary cervical cancer screen in women 25 years of age and older.  The FDA approval was based on a clinical trial that compared HPV testing to Pap testing and involved eight confirmed cervical cancer cases.

However, new results from the largest retrospective analysis of cervical cancer screening strategies in women 30 and older showed that using both pap – and – hpv tests together detects more cervical cancers than either test used alone.

In fact, the quest study found that 1 in 5 women with cervical cancer were missed by screening with hpv alone.

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Pathologist Dr. R. Marshall Austin is co-author of the study, which is the largest, real‐world retrospective study of cervical cancer screening strategies to date. He joined me recently to share more about the study results, as well as the importance of cervical cancer screening.

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Take a look at the interview below.



For more information on the new study results as well as the pap and hpv tests used to detect cervical cancer, visit: www.papplushpv.com 

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Meet Our Guest:

R. Marshall Austin, M.D, Ph. D.

Pathologist, MageeWomens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

detect cervical cancerDr. R. Marshall Austin is Medical Director of Cytopathology and pathologist in Gynecologic and Breast Surgical Pathology at Magee‐Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, one of the country’s largest academic hospitals. Austin recently co‐authored the largest, real‐world retrospective study of cervical cancer screening strategies, analyzing approximately 8.6 million women.

Specializing in cytopathology and gynecologic and breast pathology, Dr. Austin’s research focuses on risk management in cervical cancer screenings, gynecological cytopathology and new technology enhancements for cervical cancer screenings. Dr. Austin has published extensive research over the past decade on the performance of cervical screening tests.

In 2014, Dr. Austin was honored by American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) with the Papanicolaou Award‐‐one of the highest honors in his field. Dr. Austin has received the ‘Best Doctors in America’ Award consecutively from 2005‐2015. He also served as past‐President of the ASC in 2004, and he is currently a member of their Golden Papanicolaou Club.

Dr. Austin received both his doctorate of philosophy and medical degree from Duke University inDurham, North Carolina and attended postgraduate training in gynecologic and breast surgical pathology and cytopathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington D.C.

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[…] how to prepare for an annual well-woman exam, including important questions to ask a doctor about preventing cervical cancer with Pap and HPV testing. In addition, free access to cervical cancer screenings also will be hosted at various healthcare […]

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