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Test for Cervical Cancer. Is a Pap Smear the best option?

Posted Jul 01 2009 6:46pm

Cervical cancer is a hot topic for the media right now. The Guardian – which earlier this year drew attention to the rise in demand for cervical cancer screening thanks to what they called “Jade Goody effect” – ran a piece this weekend titled “ Why I’m never going to have another smear test ” which prompted a furious online debate.

Last week medical blogger Kevin MD asked whether the smear will soon be replaced by a DNA test to detect cervical cancer. In his blog post he references a paper which recently appeared in the NEJM and an article in the New York Times. I’ve passed the piece along to Adeola Olaitan and asked for her opinion.

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