Swedish research supports human papillomavirus (HPV) screening:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The case for human papillomavirus screening is strengthened by recent research from Sweden which shows that the carcinogenic virus can be found in most women who develop cervical cancer. Two-thirds of women who go on to develop cervical cancer have oncogenic HPV in smear samples up to seven years before detection, according to the researchers (Cancer V 77, pp 121-7). Only 11% of smears from women who did not develop cancer had evidence of carcinogenic HPV.