|Title:||Managing the transition in cervical screening methods for Taiwan: Policy recommendations and perspectives||Authors:||Chen, Chien-Chin
|Keywords:||Cervical cancer; Cervical cytology; HPV-based testing; Human papillomavirus; Pap smear||Issue Date:||12-Jul-2023||Source:||Journal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi||Abstract:||
Since government-provided annual cervical cytology testing for all Taiwanese women aged 30 years or older became available in 1995, both cervical cancer incidence and death have decreased significantly. However, with the 2018 introduction of the national immunization program for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in all schoolgirls aged 13-15 years old, the positive predictive value of cytology testing is expected to decrease with rising vaccination rates, and therefore a transition to more sensitive HPV-based testing may be needed. This position paper, derived from discussions by a panel of experts in cervical cancer screening, provides short-, medium-, and long-term policy recommendations to manage the transition between cervical screening methods for Taiwan. The recommendations include concrete suggestions regarding testing procedures, standards, accreditation, monitoring, promotion, and implementation. It is hoped that comprehensive preparation and management of this transition will enable Taiwan to repeat the previous successes of the cervical cytology testing program.
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