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SIDEBAR: Expect Questions from Your Patients: Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Changes in the cervical cancer screening guidelines, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), mainly concern longer intervals between screening tests and recommended ages when women should start and stop being screened. USPSTF Co-Vice Chair Michael L. LeFevre, MD, MSPH,...

SIDEBAR: Women Who Received HPV Vaccine Still Need Cervical Cancer Screening

The updated cervical cancer screening guidelines from the the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) note that women who receive the HPV vaccine still need to be screened for cervical cancer because the vaccine does not protect against all strains of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. “The...

SIDEBAR: Could HPV Testing Be Used Alone?

“In the United States, there are no recommendations currently for HPV screening alone as a primary screening test for cervical cancer,” Michael L. LeFevre, MD, MSPH, Co-Vice Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) told The ASCO Post. “Cytology picks up very few cases of...

gynecologic cancers
issues in oncology

New Guidelines Recommend Less Frequent Screening for Cervical Cancer, but That Doesn’t Mean Screening Is Less Important

In the News focuses on media reports that your patients may have questions about at their next visit. This continuing column will provide summaries of articles in the popular press that may prompt such questions, as well as comments from colleagues in the field. In March 2012, the U.S. Preventive...

prostate cancer

Finasteride for Prostate Cancer Prevention: Long-Term Results Disappointing but Reassuring

All medical care should seek to achieve one or more of three goals: to relieve suffering, to prevent future suffering, or to prolong life. Care for cancer is no exception, and minimizing suffering from cancer and prolonging life has primarily resulted from advances in treatment. Although there are...

USPSTF Appoints New Chair and Co-Vice Chair

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced the appointments of Michael L. LeFevre, MD, MSPH, as Chair of the Task Force and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, as Co-Vice Chair. Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH, current Co-Vice Chair, will remain in his position. Dr. LeFevre and Dr....