Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer: Cervical Cancer
Screening methods to find cervical changes that may lead to cervical cancer include the Pap test and HPV testing. Screening may find cancers early, when they are most treatable.
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Cervical Cancer Screening Summary
Cervical Changes and Conditions
- Understanding Cervical Changes: A Health Guide for Women
Learn what test results mean if a recent Pap test showed cell changes in the cervix or an HPV test was positive, including that not all cervical changes mean cancer; find out the importance of follow-up care and treatment for abnormal results.
- Pap and HPV Testing
A fact sheet that describes cervical cancer screening, which includes the Pap test and HPV testing. The fact sheet includes information about cervical cancer screening guidelines.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribes.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- HPV and Cancer
A fact sheet about the link between human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cancer.
Find Clinical Trials to Screen for Cervical Cancer
Check for cervical cancer screening trials from NCI’s list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location and other features.
Research About Cervical Cancer Screening
- NIH study finds negative HPV screening test result is a better predictor of low cervical cancer risk than a negative Pap test
Based on a study that included more than 1 million women, investigators at NCI have determined that a negative test for HPV infection compared to a negative Pap test provides greater safety, or assurance, against future risk of cervical cancer.
- Cancer Trends Progress Report: Cervical Cancer Screening
This section of the Cancer Trends Progress Report focuses on Pap test use.