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Comment on urine home testing kits that could detect cervical cell changes

Mon, 04/11/2019 - 16:48

New research has shown cervical pre-cancer can be detected in self-collected urine or vaginal samples. In a presentation at the 2019 NCRI Cancer Conference today, Dr Belinda Nedjai said that self-sampling test had proved popular with women taking part in the study and this meant that it was likely to improve participation in cervical cancer screening programmes. Read our comment below.

Robert Music, Chief Executive at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust:

“The findings from this research could be a game-changer. It could mean those requiring treatment are identified faster and reduce the number of women having to go for potentially unnecessary investigations at colposcopy. This would also save the NHS precious funds. It is vital that further research is conducted on larger groups of women however the findings are exciting and could mean that new methods for cervical screening are getting closer to reality. For women who find the current methods of cervical screening difficult, including those with a physical disability or who have experienced trauma, it could mean they can access screening in a far more acceptable and accessible way.”