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The , which looks for the virus that causes cervical cancer, correctly spotted 95 percent of the cancers. The , which checks for abnormal cells under a microscope, only found 55 percent, according to researchers at in
The Canadian study, which was government-funded, included 10,154 women ages 30 to 69 in and . The women got both tests. Still to be determined is the best way to start using the HPV test by itself and what follow-up action to take after positive results, the researchers said.
Dr. Carolyn D. Runowicz, who wrote a journal editorial, noted that the two studies used a different kind of Pap test, not the liquid-based technology used in the U.S, which may be more sensitive The results of a British study that used liquid Pap are due to be presented in November.
"We're not ready for prime time. We're moving in that direction. But we're not there yet," said Runowicz, a former president of the.