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WHO Recommendations for screening and treatment to prevent cervical cancer


The new guideline includes some important shifts in WHO’s recommended approaches to cervical screening. In particular, it recommends an HPV DNA-based test as the preferred method, rather than a visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) or cytology (commonly known as a ‘Pap smear’), currently the most commonly used method to detect pre-cancer lesions globally.

WHO suggests using the following strategy for cervical cancer prevention: