This Presidents' Pick
Alan G. Waxman, MD, MPH
ASCCP Immediate Past President
There are a lot of important articles in this issue of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. I highly recommend one that appears in the supplement. The long awaited "2012 Updated Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Women with Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors© 2013" by Massad, Einstein, Huh, et.al. presents the recommendations for the 2012 ASCCP Consensus Conference that updated ASCCP's 2006 Consensus Guidelines.
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On September 14 and 15, 2012, the ASCCP worked with 23 other national organizations on a revision of the 2006 guidelines for management of abnormal screening tests and CIN/AIS. Most of the 2006 guidelines will remain unchanged, but areas of review include management of discordant HPV/Pap co-tests, definition of routine screening after initial assessment, and expansion of the adolescent management guidelines to include women up to age 25. We also are reviewing ASCCP's guidelines on managing women with unsatisfactory Paps or Paps with absent/insufficient endocervical cells or transformation zone component.
The draft recommendations to the Update to the 2006 ASCCP Consensus Conference on the Management of Cytological Abnormalities and Cervical Cancer Precursors was open for public comment during the month of August and the Work Groups finalized the draft recommendations. These recommendations were presented, discussed, and voted upon at the September 2012 conference. The Steering Committee is now preparing the updated guidelines based on the recommendations from the conference. The final guidelines will be published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease.