The annual visit to the gynecologist, including the unpleasant PAP smear for the purpose of early cancer detection, may soon be history: British doctors have developed a urine test to replace the notorious smear. (Symbol image)
This is what scientists from Manchester University reported in a study published on Friday in the magazine “Nature Communications”.
Until now, doctors have had to take a sample of tissue from the cervix to detect uterine cancer. According to studies, this examination has to be repeated in around a third of the cases because there are technical problems or the women are in great pain.
The diagnostic method newly developed by the researchers examines urine or vaginal samples, which the patients can take at home. According to the study, the new test made a correct diagnosis in 91.7 percent of women with uterine cancer. 88.9 percent of women without uterine cancer gave a correct negative test result.
The results showed that uterine cancer cells could be detected by examining urine and vaginal samples under the microscope, wrote lead author Emma Crosbie. In the event of a positive diagnosis by urine test, the women could be examined further by mirroring; if the test result was negative, “they can relax without the need for an unpleasant, invasive, scary and expensive procedure”.
Uterine cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women, according to Manchester University. It was diagnosed in 382,000 women worldwide in 2018, and 89,900 women died of it in the same year.
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