An advocacy victory: final USPSTF cervical cancer screening recommendations revised to include cotesting option

J Am Soc Cytopathol. 2018 Nov-Dec;7(6):333-335. doi: 10.1016/j.jasc.2018.08.005. Epub 2018 Sep 1.


The recent reversal of the US Preventive Services Task Force decision to drop cotesting (Papicolaou test + high-risk human papillomavirus test) as an option for cervical cancer screening in women aged 30 to 65 years from their recommendations for cervical cancer screening was directly attributed to advocacy efforts by professional organizations and individuals. This communication summarizes the pathology and laboratory medicine community's role in this advocacy effort by collaboration of all major US Pathology organizations, via the Cytopathology Education and Technology consortium.

Keywords: Cervical cancer; Cervical cancer screening; Cervical cytology; Pap test; Primary HPV screening; USPSTF guidelines.