Conclusion
While early detection with Pap and HPV testing improves the chances of successfully treating cervical cancer, copious testing is of no additional value and may place women at higher risk for vaginal bleeding, pain, infection, and missed disease. Moreover, abnormal results may cause undue anxiety, and may even lead to unnecessary therapy.2 As such, the ACS, ASCCP, ASCP, and USPSTF have proposed new screening guidelines advising reductions in screening frequency.10,13 In addition, scanning devices designed to detect cervical disease through optical spectroscopy are currently under investigation, and may prove to be useful diagnostic tools.3 It is important that healthcare professionals be well-informed about current and emergent screening tools and recommendations.


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