Health
3:05 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U-of-M Study Says Many Factors Influence Testing for HPV

Many factors play into whether a woman considered at low risk for developing cervical cancer will be tested for the virus that causes the disease, such as the gender of the woman's doctor and his or her status as a resident or seasoned physician. 

The human papilloma virus causes most cervical cancers. That's why HPV testing is now recommended for women ages 30 to 65.
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That's according to a study from the University of Michigan Health System, where senior author Dr. Mack Ruffin says procedures at individual clinics can also make a difference.

The study found that female doctors were twice as likely to order H-P-V testing for a low-risk patient than male doctors. 

Seasoned physicians were less likely to order the test than Residents and other less-senior doctors.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

WEMU's Bob Eccles' report can be heard here.