DNA Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Medical Debate

July 13, 2024

Bloomberg Businessweek | April 15, 2014

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women’s health: the Pap smear.

But a number of women’s groups — including the American Medical Women’s Association and Our Bodies Ourselves — warn that moving to a DNA-based testing model would be a “radical shift” in medical practice that could lead to confusion, higher costs and overtreatment.

Read the full story: DNA Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Medical Debate by Matthew Perrone