High-risk human papillomavirus testing as a primary screening for cervical cancer: position statement by the Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Korean Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Tae Wook Kong, Miseon Kim, Young Han Kim, Yong Beom Kim, Jayeon Kim, Jae Weon Kim, Mi Hye Park, Joo Hyun Park, Jeong Ho Rhee, Myong Cheol Lim, Joon Seok Hong

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Abstract

Based on emerging data and current knowledge regarding high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing as a primary screening for cervical cancer, the Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Korean Society of Gynecologic Oncology support the following scientific facts: • Compared to cytology, hrHPV screening has higher sensitivity and detects more cases of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. • Qualified hrHPV testing can be considered as an alternative primary screening for cervical cancer to the current cytology method. • The starting age of primary hrHPV screening should not be before 25 years because of possible overtreatment in this age, which has a high human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence but rarely progresses to cancer. The screening interval should be no sooner than every 3 years and no longer than every 5 years. • Before the introduction of hrHPV screening in Korea, research into comparative effectiveness of primary hrHPV screening for cervical cancer should be conducted to determine the appropriate HPV assay, starting age, and screening interval.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e31
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Oncology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Cancer Screening Tests
  • Human Papillomavirus DNA Tests
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms

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