Researchers at Manchester University have shown that urine testing is just as effective as smear tests for detecting human papillomavirus (HPV) which is known to cause cervical cancer. While further research is required, if this urine test proves to be an effective alternative to traditional cervical smears the detection rate of cervical women is likely to increase dramatically.
As with all cancers, early detection is beneficial to effective treatment. The precancerous stage of cervical cancer is detectable in the 5-10 years before developing into cancer, although many women do not participate in cervical screening as the traditional methods can be uncomfortable. The invention of a non-invasive and easy alternative would surely drive up participation rates, and reduce the rates of cervical cancer.
Source: Science Daily
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