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Final USPSTF Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations Retain "A" Grade for Pap + HPV for Women Ages 30 to 65


Final USPSTF Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations Retain "A" Grade for Pap + HPV for Women Ages 30 to 65

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MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX), a pioneer in cervical cancer screening, commends the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for retaining in their final cervical cancer screening recommendations released today "A" grades for Pap tests in women 21 to 29 years old, and Pap + HPV in women ages 30 to 65 years old.1

Hologic manufactures the leading cervical cancer screening products in the United States: the ThinPrep® Pap test, which helps healthcare providers detect the presence of abnormal cervical cells; and the Aptima® HPV assay, which identifies the high-risk HPV (human papillomavirus) infections most likely to lead to cervical disease.2-4 Both tests are performed from a single patient sample.

Data from multiple, large studies conducted among women over 30 years of age in the United States demonstrate that screening with Pap+HPV Together™ identifies more cervical pre-cancer and cancer than either test used alone.5,6,7,8,9,10 Guidelines from leading professional societies such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)11, the American Cancer Society12, the Society for Gynecological Oncology13, and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology14 recommend Pap + HPV for women between the ages of 30 and 65.

"We believe all women deserve access to the best healthcare strategies for monitoring and preserving their health and well-being," said Steve MacMillan, Hologic's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "The A grade recommendation for Pap+HPV Together ensures that women will continue to have access to the most commonly used cervical cancer screening method in the United States, an approach that we believe is simple, highly accurate and cost-effective.15"

About Pap+HPV Together™
Both Hologic's ThinPrep® Pap test and its Aptima® HPV Assay are the market-leading products for cervical cancer screening in the U.S.16 More information about the value of Pap+HPV Together is available at

About Hologic
Hologic, Inc. is an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women's health and well-being through early detection and treatment. For more information on Hologic, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the use of Hologic's cervical cancer screening products. There can be no assurance these products will achieve the benefits described herein or that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient. The actual effect of the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances and patient in question. In addition, there can be no assurance that these products will be commercially successful or achieve any expected level of sales. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

Hologic, Aptima, Pap+HPV Together, and ThinPrep are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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  16. Hologic, Inc. Data on File. Estimated Unit Share through 2017 Emmes Data.


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