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Population screening for cervical cancer

24 May 2011

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On May 24th 2011 the Health Council issued the advisory report Population screening for cervical cancer. The Council takes the view that HPV testing should replace cytology as the primary screening method. The implementation of HPV testing leads to earlier detection of CIN3+ lesions. This permits an extension of the screening interval. The lifetime number of screening tests should be reduced from seven to five. In order to improve uptake the screening organisations should involve more GPs in the call/recall system and offer self-sampling to women who did not attend regular screening. Follow-up after an abnormal screening test result should be improved.