Risk Estimates Supporting the 2019 ASCCP Risk-Based Management Consensus Guidelines

Didem Egemen, Li C. Cheung, Xiaojian Chen, Maria Demarco, Rebecca B. Perkins, Walter Kinney, Nancy Poitras, Brian Befano, Alexander Locke, Richard S. Guido, Amy L. Wiser, Julia C. Gage, Hormuzd A. Katki, Nicolas Wentzensen, Philip E. Castle, Mark Schiffman, Thomas S. Lorey

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Objective The 2019 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Risk-Based Management Consensus Guidelines for the management of cervical cancer screening abnormalities recommend 1 of 6 clinical actions (treatment, optional treatment or colposcopy/biopsy, colposcopy/biopsy, 1-year surveillance, 3-year surveillance, 5-year return to regular screening) based on the risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3, adenocarcinoma in situ, or cancer (CIN 3+) for the many different combinations of current and recent past screening results. This article supports the main guidelines presentation1 by presenting and explaining the risk estimates that supported the guidelines. Methods From 2003 to 2017 at Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC), 1.5 million individuals aged 25 to 65 years were screened with human papillomavirus (HPV) and cytology cotesting scheduled every 3 years. We estimated immediate and 5-year risks of CIN 3+ for combinations of current test results paired with history of screening test and colposcopy/biopsy results. Results Risk tables are presented for different clinical scenarios. Examples of important results are highlighted; for example, the risk posed by most current abnormalities is greatly reduced if the prior screening round was HPV-negative. The immediate and 5-year risks of CIN 3+ used to decide clinical management are shown. Conclusions The new risk-based guidelines present recommendations for the management of abnormal screening test and histology results; the key risk estimates supporting guidelines are presented in this article. Comprehensive risk estimates are freely available online at https://CervixCa.nlm.nih.gov/RiskTables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of lower genital tract disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • HPV
  • cervical screening
  • management guidelines
  • risk-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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