HPV is a group of viruses with more than 100 types, but 14 types can cause cervical cancer as well as some head and neck cancers.
"Screening is one of the most effective ways of protecting against cervical cancer and there is no doubt this new way of testing will save lives", Express.co.uk quoted Professor Peter Johnson, national clinical director for cancer.
A new detection method rolled out last month looks for traces of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause almost all cervical tumours.
Cervical cancer incidence rate in Ghana is among the highest in the world - Low knowledge level, poor attitude and health beliefs are known to account for the low level of cervical cancer screening and awareness in Ghana.
"The Pap smear is the test that is typically done at an annual women's exam that screens for cellular changes on the cervix that are indicative of rapid cell proliferation and cancer", Scott said. In addition, all 12- and 13-year-olds in school year eight are offered a vaccine to protect against HPV.
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These changes are fully treatable, but if undetected and untreated they can lead to cervical cancer in some women.
He added: "It is vitally important that all eligible people attend for their screening appointments, to keep themselves safe".
"In the USA since we've introduced it, the cervical cancer rates related to HPV have decreased by around 50 percent".
Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "It is exciting that we are seeing advances in cervical cancer prevention and must continue to look to the future to make sure our cervical screening programme continues to adapt and evolve". Every woman and her history and circumstances are different, so always consult your doctor ask for any tests you think you should be getting done. Nearly one million women did not accept an invitation for cervical screening in 2018/19, NHS figures show.
"We must continue to understand and tackle these to ensure as many women benefit from this far more sensitive test and we save as many cancers diagnoses and lives as possible".