According to a new study published in Lancet Oncology, a new test for cervical cancer is more accurate than the Pap smear or Pap test. This new test detects the presence of a protein, called P16INK4A. The presence of this protein indicates that the woman has pre-cancerous cells on her cervix.The researchers first tested the patients for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the cause of most cervical cancers. Then, the researchers tested for the presence of the protein P16INK4A. These two tests combined found 88% of cancer causing lesions, and there were far fewer false positives than the Pap test. Also, the protein test found 50% more of the dangerous lesions than the Pap test.
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