Application of Human Papillomavirus in Screening for Cervical Cancer and Precancerous Lesions

  • Wang, Jin-Liang (Department of General Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Yang, Yi-Zhuo (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Dong, Wei-Wei (Department of General Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Sun, Jing (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Tao, Hai-Tao (Department of General Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Li, Rui-Xin (Department of General Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital) ;
  • Hu, Yi (Department of General Oncology, Chinese PLA General Hospital)
  • Published : 2013.05.30


Cervical cancer is a commonly-encountered malignant tumor in women. Cervical screening is particularly important due to early symptoms being deficient in specificity. The main purpose of the study is to assess the application value of cervical thinprep cytologic test (TCT) and human papillomavirus (HPV) detection in screening for cervical cancer and precancerous lesions. In the study, cervical TCT and HPV detection were simultaneously performed on 12,500 patients selected in a gynecological clinic. Three hundred patients with positive results demonstrated by cervical TCT and/or HPV detection underwent cervical tissue biopsy under colposcopy, and pathological results were considered as the gold standard. The results revealed that 200 out of 12,500 patients were abnormal by TCT, in which 30 cases pertained to equivocal atypical squamous cells (ASCUS), 80 cases to low squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL), 70 cases to high squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) and 20 cases to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). With increasing pathological grade of cervical biopsy, however, TCT positive rates did not rise. Two hundred and eighty out of 12,500 patients were detected as positive for HPV infection, in which 50 cases were chronic cervicitis and squamous metaplasia, 70 cases cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) I, 60 cases CIN II, 70 cases CIN III and 30 cases invasive cervical carcinoma. Two hundred and thirty patients with high-risk HPV infection were detected. With increase in pathological grade, the positive rate of high-risk HPV also rose. The detection rates of HPV detection to CIN III and invasive cervical carcinoma as well as the total detection rate of lesions were significantly higher than that of TCT. Hence, HPV detection is a better method for screening of cervical cancer at present.


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