Papilloma virus

New test to screen cervical cancer

30 % more cases of cervical cancer could be detected at an early stage with the help of a simple viral test. The test screens for the human papilloma virus, which causes almost all cervical cancer development.

About 700 women a year would be diagnosed with abnormal cell growth at an earlier stage than with traditional methods, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Lund.

In the US these tests are common procedure, but are fairly expensive and the use in Sweden is initially unlikely to be as widespread.

Professor Joakim Dillner, co-author of the study, tells Swedish Public service news Ekot that he believes it will be used on a trial basis in Sweden within the next few years but that it will take longer until it is available countrywide.

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