Home test for cer­vi­cal screen­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JEMMA CREW

A non-in­va­sive urine test could be used by women to de­tect their risk of de­vel­op­ing cer­vi­cal cancer with­out hav­ing to visit the doc­tor. Re­searchers have de­vel­oped a way to iden­tify pre-cancer le­sions by analysing urine and vagi­nal sam­ples that could be col­lected by women in their own home.

The “self- sam­pling” test proved pop­u­lar with women tak­ing part in a study, mean­ing it is likely to im­prove par­tic­i­pa­tion in cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­grammes if made widely avail­able, they be­lieve.

Dr Belinda Ned­jai, di­rec­tor of the molec­u­lar epi­demi­ol­ogy lab at Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don, said: “In the longer term, self-sam­pling could be­come the stan­dard method for all screen­ing tests. The study in­di­cated women much pre­ferred do­ing a test at home than at­tend­ing a doc­tor’s surgery.”

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