Professor Peter Sasieni says women vaccinated for HPV may only need two cervical cancer screening tests during their lifetime
Here’s a spicy new subject for debate among pathologists and women’s health specialists. Would it be safe for a woman who has been vaccinated for HPV (human papillomavirus) to get just two cervical cancer screening tests in her lifetime—one at age 30 and the other at age 45? A prominent professor in the United Kingdom recently advocated just such a medical laboratory testing protocol.
Earlier this month, at the United Kingdom’s National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool, England, Professor Peter Sasieni made a presentation about HPV vaccinations and cervical cancer screening that generated press headlines throughout the United Kingdom. Sasieni believes enough progress has been made in vaccinating young women for HPV in the U.K. that it would be clinically appropriate to change the current guidelines for cervical cancer screening.