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Nat Rev Cancer. 2007 Jan;7(1):11-22.

The natural history of cervical HPV infection: unresolved issues.

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Cancer Research UK Institute for Cancer Studies, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK. c.b.woodman@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

The identification of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types as a necessary cause of cervical cancer offers the prospect of effective primary prevention and the possibility of improving the efficiency of cervical screening programmes. However, for these opportunities to be realized, a more complete understanding of the natural history of HPV infection, and its relationship to the development of epithelial abnormalities of the cervix, is required. We discuss areas of uncertainty, and their possible effect on disease prevention strategies.

PMID:
17186016
DOI:
10.1038/nrc2050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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