HPV home test may reduce cervical cancer disparity, improve outcomes for Blacks, Latinos

Source: Medical Xpress | Published on MSD Connect: January 2021 | HK-NON-00202 Nov/2020

Pap smear specimen of cervical cells showing squamous cell carcinoma (cells stained red). A new, at-home screening test from Johns Hopkins Medicine for human papilloma virus, a known cause of cervical cancer, may help catch the disease in its earliest stages. Credit: Photomicrograph courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

David Sidransky, M.D., calls the Pap smear one of the "greatest successes" in cancer screening.

"Every woman in the United States is supposed to be going for a regular Pap smear exam, and if they do, the chance of developing cervical cancer is very low," says Sidransky, an expert in the molecular genetic detection of cancer and director of head and neck cancer research in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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