INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that recently updated cervical cancer screening guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) support the use of its cobas HPV Test for primary cervical cancer screening as an alternative to current cytology-based cancer screening methods (the Pap test) in women 25 and older. The College's revised Practice Bulletin 157, published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, reinforces similar guidance issued in 2015 by the Society for Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).
"As cervical cancer screening methods continue to improve, we are pleased to see recommendations for women's health care being updated in order to provide the best care for patients," said Alan Wright, MD, MPH, chief medical officer at Roche Diagnostics. "This interim guidance from The College represents a significant milestone in women's reproductive health, particularly for women between the ages of 25 and 29, for whom clinicians have typically relied on testing with the Pap smear alone to detect cervical cancer. Offering more screening options to a wider age group of women signifies a great advancement in the effort to prevent cervical cancer."
The cobas HPV Test was approved by the FDA in 2011 for use in screening women 21 and older with unclear Pap test results and for co-testing with a Pap test in women 30 and older. The FDA approved it for first-line primary cervical cancer screening for women 25 and older in April 2014 following a unanimous recommendation from the independent Microbiology Devices Panel of the FDA's Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Currently utilized by more than 250 labs in the U.S., the cobas HPV Test is the only test approved in the U.S. for all three HPV testing options now supported by three major medical societies.
About the cobas HPV Test and cobas 4800 System
Clinically validated by the landmark ATHENA trial, the cobas HPV Test provides specific genotyping information for HPV 16 and HPV 18, the highest-risk types, while simultaneously reporting the 12 other high-risk HPV types as a pooled result, all in one test and from one patient sample.
The cobas HPV Test is performed on the cobas 4800 System, which offers walk-away automation of nucleic acid purification, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) set-up and real-time PCR amplification and detection to help laboratories achieve maximum efficiency. The system also runs the cobas CT/NG Test (chlamydia/gonorrhea), as well as BRAF, EGFR and KRAS mutation tests. More information about the cobas HPV Test is available at www.hpv16and18.com.
About Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer
Persistent infection with high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the principal cause of cervical cancer in women, with HPV implicated in greater than 99 percent of cervical cancers worldwide. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States annually and 4,210 deaths due to the disease. The World Health Organization estimates there are more than 500,000 new cases of cervical cancer annually.
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