'Self-testing cervical cancer screening could save lives'


The taoiseach said he had been told by Simon Harris, the health minister, a few weeks ago that some tests had expired because of the backlog and would have to be repeated. "I think some have been already but I don't know for sure", he said in the Dáil yesterday.

January is cervical health awareness month, and the Health Services Authority is encouraging women to protect themselves from cervical cancer. For instance, in March 2012, Delphi Bioscience Asia Pvt Ltd introduced a home based HPV test kit for making the detection procedure of cervical cancer more convenient for the women in Singapore and other Asian economies.

"It's a small test which can make a huge difference so I would urge women to encourage daughters, nieces, other family and friends who are eligible for the test to do so". However, NHS Digital figures show that 4.95 million out of a potential 17.6 million women are now overdue their smear test.

The Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provides screening and diagnostic testing to qualified uninsured and underinsured Tennessee women.

For instance, in February 2018, Becton, Dickinson and Company received FDA approval for the BD Onclarity™ HPV assay, which detects and identifies HPV genotypes that put women at high risk for cervical cancer.

The NHS cervical screening programme invites women aged 25 to 49 for testing every three years, and every five years for those aged 50 to 64.

People can telephone Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust helpline for a wide range of different reasons, including: Finding out more about Human papillomavirus Virus (HPV), Questions about smear tests and results, Parents wanting to know more about the HPV vaccination, Queries about what to expect at colposcopy or to talk through a cervical abnormality diagnosis.

But three out of four study participants would be likely or very likely to do a self-test for HPV, with nine out of ten reporting being likely or very likely to attend a follow-up if they tested positive. Also, there is a dearth of healthcare infrastructure for screening for cervical cancer.

"We have been doing this free and public schools for gosh six or seven, maybe even longer years now", said Ms. Weber.

Sandy Morrison said if self-testing does become available women need to have the right information about it.

"However, most women leave saying it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be".

Doctors will be able to offer it on a case by case basis if they deem it could help the woman.

HPV screening was due to be introduced in New Zealand a year ago, but had been delayed to 2021.