HeathcareCervical cancer: screening, how does it work?

Cervical cancer: screening, how does it work?


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Screening for cervical cancer must continue, adult women are overwhelmingly unvaccinated and those currently vaccinated are not fully protected. This survey applies to all persons aged 25-65 years. So far, 40% have not been completed. Since 2019, nationwide screening has been gradually rolled out with an invitation by mail intended for all women of age to take advantage of it.

“Today, this screening between the ages of 25 and 30 is based first on a smear every three years to analyze cervical cells looking for any abnormalities,” explains Dr. Monsonego. For people aged 30 to 65, this screening is based on the search for HPV viruses. If the test is negative, it is recommended to repeat it every five years. If it is positive, cell analysis is performed on the same sample. Support depends on the result. Screening, organized by the centers of territorial administration (TSROC), is operationally based on private structures, private doctors and laboratories, less often on state structures. »

Self debit solution

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To further facilitate access to this screening, in particular for the most disadvantaged women who most often avoid it, self-sampling is beginning to be introduced. In practice, this is mailing a tampon that women insert into the vagina. Then they put it back in the bottle to send it straight to the lab in a T-bag.

The most recent HPV vaccine targets seven genotypes of the cancer-causing virus and protects against 90% of oncogenic papillomaviruses. It aims to prevent infection by the vast majority of viruses that cause cervical cancer. The purpose of screening is to identify precancerous cervical lesions before they develop into cancer.

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Every year in France, between 25,000 and 30,000 women, usually young, are diagnosed with precancerous conditions at screening. But if vaccination does become widespread, screening in its current form will no doubt need to be revisited at some point.

Source: Le Parisien

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