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NHS TO TRIAL AT-HOME SMEAR TEST KITS TO ENCOURAGE MORE WOMEN TO HAVE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS

Posted on March 21st, 2019

‘For those who find screening difficult for a wide range of psychological and physical reasons, it could be a game-changer’

The NHS is going to offer at-home smear test kits as part of a trial to increase the number of women having cervical cancer screenings.

This week marks 10 years since Big Brother star Jade Goody passed away from cervical cancer.

To commemorate the anniversary of Goody’s death, cervical cancer charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has called on the government to provide home-testing kits so that women can diagnose HPV (Human papillomavirus) as soon as possible. HPV causes 99 per cent of cervical cancer cases.

On Wednesday 20 March, health bosses announced that they are going to trial “self-sample” tests in some parts of England. Anne Mackie, director of screening at Public Health England, said in a statement that the organisation has asked the UK National Screening Committee to “consider the merits” of offering at-home smear tests for women.

“Work is also under way between PHE and academics at University College London and King’s College London to evaluate the feasibility of using these kits,” she added.

“Any women using kits bought at pharmacies should take their results and discuss these with their GP.” Women can currently purchase at-home cervical cancer screening kits online, at a range of websites including the Superdrug Online Doctor Service and GynaeHealth UK.

To book a smear test at the surgery please call the surgery and make an appointment with the practice nurse.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/jade-goody-dead-big-brother-cervical-cancer-smear-test-10-years-a8830316.html

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