Cervical screening - then and now

Australian Doctor takes a look at cervical cancer screening, from the Pap test’s development in the 1920s to recent moves towards HPV-based testing

Since the Federal Government is presently in the final stages of considering an expert review on cervical cancer screening, it is a good time to reflect on the gains of the past and to examine the potential advantages of moving to HPV detection as the primary screening test for cervical pre-cancerous change.