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Well Woman HealthCheck Program

Diagnostic Algorithms

The Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms for Primary Care Providers were developed by the California Department of Public Health's Cancer Detection Section and the Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Women with Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests were published by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).

These algorithms and guidelines may be used by the Well Woman HealthCheck Program providers. However, please note that each patient is unique and these algorithms are not intended to replace clinical judgment in individual cases but instead to aid the provider's clinical decision making process.

Breast Cancer:

The Breast Cancer Diagnostic Algorithms for Primary Care Providers were developed to assist primary care clinicians with the diagnosis of breast abnormalities and to promote routine risk assessment.

A booklet containing these algorithms and other assessment tools is available for download on the Cancer Detection Section website.

Cervical Cancer:

The Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Cervical Cytological and Histological Abnormalities are national comprehensive guidelines for the management of women with abnormal Pap tests. HealthCheck providers may use these guidelines and algorithms to facilitate the diagnosis of women with abnormal Pap tests.

You can read more about the Consensus Guidelines on the ASCCP website.