Journal article

Self-Collection for Cervical Screening Programs: From Research to Reality

David Hawkes, Marco HT Keung, Yanping Huang, Tracey L McDermott, Joanne Romano, Marion Saville, Julia ML Brotherton

Cancers | MDPI | Published : 2020


In 2018, there were an estimated 570,000 new cases of cervical cancer globally, with most of them occurring in women who either had no access to cervical screening, or had not participated in screening in regions where programs are available. Where programs are in place, a major barrier for women across many cultures has been the requirement to undergo a speculum examination. With the emergence of HPV-based primary screening, the option of self-collection (where the woman takes the sample from the vagina herself) may overcome this barrier, given that such samples when tested using a PCR-based HPV assay have similar sensitivity for the detection of cervical pre-cancers as practitioner-collect..

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