August 6, 2013 -- A new cervical cancer screening test looks set to revolutionise the way in which women are tested for this disease. UDoTest has recently released a new self-collection test for HPV, the virus which causes cervical cancer, which has received widespread acceptance from the medical industry, and is claimed to provide greater accuracy than conventional tests. It also provides the added appeal of enabling women to test themselves at home.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 6 000 South African women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, with approximately 3 000 women dying from the disease in the same period. If detected timeously cervical cancer is treatable, yet only 20 percent of South African women have ever been for a pap smear. "There is no doubt that the HPV test is more effective in detecting possible cervical cancer risks than a pap smear or gold standard", says Prof G Dreyer, Principal specialist, Pretoria Academic Hospital and Adjunct Professor, Dept Obstetrics and Gyanecology, Head of Gynaecologic Oncology Unit, University of Pretoria.
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