Last week, several health organizations issued new cervical cancer screening guidelines that extend the time interval between screening tests for most women. Based on comprehensive reviews of available data—including NCI-funded research—the new guidelines seek to maximize the benefits of current screening tests while minimizing their potential harms.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released one set of guidelines, and a group of three health organizations—the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)—released a second set. Although the two sets of guidelines were developed independently, their recommendations are consistent.
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