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Changes to This Summary (02/17/2015)

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Description of Evidence

Added IARC Working Group on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans as reference 3.

Evidence of Benefit

Revised text to state that it is now widely accepted that human papillomavirus is the primary etiologic infectious agent that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer (cited Schiffman et al., Trottier et al., and Ault as references 2, 3, and 5, respectively).

Revised text to state that in current smokers, this risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day and younger age at initiation of smoking (cited Plummer et al. as reference 19 and Appleby et al. as reference 20).

Added Diethylstilbestrol Exposure as a new subsection.

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  • Updated: February 17, 2015