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DNA technology & pap smears

Using modern DNA technology instead of a traditional pap smear may be able to detect invasive cervical cancers earlier.

DNA testing can detect cervical lesions that lead to cancer, but has also been linked to more false positives.

In a new study, Italian researchers compared the two screening methods.

They found those who underwent HPV DNA testing were less likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer at a late stage.

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