Screening for Cervical Cancer in Women Younger than 30 Years of Age

Recommendation

Don’t screen women younger than 30 years of age for cervical cancer with HPV testing, alone or in combination with cytology.

  • There is adequate evidence that the harms of HPV testing, alone or in combination with cytology, in women younger than 30 years of age are moderate.
  • The harms include more frequent testing and invasive diagnostic procedures such as colposcopy and cervical biopsy.
  • Abnormal screening test results are also associated with psychological harms, anxiety and distress.