ANCHOR LEAD: HPV is often associated with cervical cancer and Kendra Johanssen finds out how updated screening guidelines that include HPV testing offer women 30 and older reassurance with less frequent screening. (:60)
SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Kendra Johanssen. As many as 20-million Americans are infected with the human papillomavirus or HPV. And two strains – HPV 16 and 18 – are responsible for 70% of cervical cancers. That's why HealthyWomen's CEO, Beth Battaglino says HPV testing is an important part of women's health.
CUT: (Battaglino) Pap tests are recommended for women starting at the age of 21. At age 30, an HPV test is used with a Pap test to detect HPV infection that may lead to cervical cancer.
SCRIPT: The screening guidelines have recently changed as a result of new data showing screening with both tests is better for detecting cervical disease and cancer in women 30 and older.
CUT: (Battaglino) According to the American Cancer Society, women between the ages of 21 to 29 now can get a Pap test every 3 years instead of every year. And the use of a Pap test and an HPV test together every 5 years, is the preferred method of screening for women between the ages of 30 and 65.
SCRIPT: Ask your doctor about HPV testing and the new screening guidelines. For more, go to HealthyWomen.org\hpv. That's Health Care Now HealthyWomen.
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