Home test for cervical screening
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.”