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New cervical cancer screening test raises hope, concern
San Francisco Chronicle

Cervical cancer screening used to be simple: Women visited their gynecologist every year for a Pap smear.

But that ritual has become more complex as science and technology have allowed researchers to better understand and detect the disease. Now women have a newer option that combines the Pap with additional DNA testing plus the first federally approved alternative to the Pap.

“There’s definitely confusion from the patient perspective because for many, many years we, as women, were told to come in and have a Pap smear every year.