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Filling a Pap gap. (Cancer).

Every year more than 2 million American women find themselves in medical purgatory. Their Pap tests detect abnormalities, but laboratories can't tell whether it is an early sign of cervical cancer. Now the American Medical Women's Association is recommending that these women be tested for the human papillomavirus, some strains of which have been shown to cause 95% of all cases of cervical cancer.

An HPV test shouldn't replace more thorough follow-up treatments with your doctor, but it can help rule out the likelihood of cervical cancer more quickly, said Barbara Shagawat of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. "In general, a negative HPV test means that you just go ahead with regular, annual Pap tests." --B.A.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 5, 2002
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