Cervical Cancer Screening: Less Testing, Smarter Testing

Cleve Clin J Med. 2011 Nov;78(11):737-47. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.78a.11033.


In its 2009 recommendations for cervical cancer screening, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) calls for less-frequent but smarter screening that integrates testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection with the Papanicolaou (Pap) test. We review the recommendations from this and other organizations and how and why they are evolving.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cytological Techniques
  • False Negative Reactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Papanicolaou Test
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Vaginal Smears