As a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, you play a critical role in educating, screening and counseling patients about HPV and cervical cancer. This site provides access to tips and tools that can be used with patients to facilitate discussion before and after cervical cancer screening to help you intervene for patients at all levels of care – from educating women about HPV and cervical cancer risk factors to implementing the new cervical cancer screening guidelines aimed at early detection.
With more than 12,000 women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer annually in the United States,1 the importance of screening for high-risk HPV types that could lead to cervical cancer has been well established.
In March 2012, a multidisciplinary partnership between the American Cancer Society, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology released updated cervical cancer screening guidelines.4 In November 2012, the nation’s largest OB-GYN organization, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, separately published guidelines for cervical cancer screening that aligned with the recommendations of these groups.5
At a glance, the new ACS/ASCCP/ASCP guidelines for managing women with normal Pap cytology results recommend:4
|Women <21 years||No screening|
|Women 21 - 29 years||Screen with Pap every 3 years|
|Women 30-65 years||HPV and cytology "co-testing" every 5 years (preferred)*|
|Women >65 years||No screening following adequate prior normal screening results|
*Cytology alone every 3 years (acceptable)