The introduction of the HPV primary screening programme

Kothari, Aine (2017) The introduction of the HPV primary screening programme. Practice Nursing, 27 (4). pp. 162-166. ISSN 0964-9271

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.4.162

Abstract

Abstract Women aged 25-49 (24 ½ in England) are invited for cervical screening (previously referred to as smear test) every three years and screening is undertaken every 5 years in women aged 50-64. Cervical screening can detect early changes in cervical cells, which if left undetected and untreated could lead to cancer of cervix. 99.9% of cervical cancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Plans are in place to implement HPV primary screening into the cervical screening programme. HPV primary screening involves testing all cervical samples for HPV and undertaking cytology only on samples that are HPV positive. The decision to implement HPV primary screening in the cervical screening programme follows on from the report of the ARTISTIC Trial. This article discusses the background to the introduction of HPV primary screening. Key Points 1. Cervical screening can detect early changes in cervical cells 2. 99.9% of cervical cancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 3. HPV primary screening involves testing all cervical samples for HPV 4. Cytology will be undertaken on samples that are HPV positive only 5. Health professionals should be aware of the background to this new development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This document is the accepted draft manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in 'Practice Nursing' [copyright © MA Healthcare] after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.4.162
Keywords: cervical screening, women's health, new developments, HPV primary screening
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email Aine.Kothari@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2017 13:43
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 13:43
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701772

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