Older women may be able to exit cervical screening decades earlier

Stopping the HPV test after 55 leads to only 'incremental' differences in cancer risk in later life: study.

Older women who return a negative HPV DNA test may be able to safely exit cervical screening decades earlier than current recommendations, a study suggests.

HPV screening

Canadian authors say their mathematical modelling of cancer registry data indicates women in countries adopting HPV DNA screening may be able to stop screening at age 55.

In Australia, women are invited to screen by the National Cervical Screening Program until they are 74.

The study, based on data from more than 200,000 women, showed that stopping at age 55 led to only “incremental”