Published: Fri, January 25, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Self-testing cervical cancer screening could save Māori women's lives

Self-testing cervical cancer screening could save Māori women's lives

"I think some have been already but I don't know for sure", he said in the Dáil yesterday.

HPV screening is more effective at preventing cervical cancer and its associated premature death than the current smear test and the new technology enables women to screen themselves.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) would like to remind the public that screening tests are a way of identifying health problems in people with no symptoms at an early stage when it can be easier to treat.

"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".

"Cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable through routine Pap screenings, living tobacco free and receiving the recommended human papillomavirus vaccination", said TDH Director of Reproductive and Women's Health Kelly Luskin, MSN, WHNP-BC.

Women older than 65 you will only be screened if they have not had a smear test since the age of 50 or have had recent abnormal tests.

Data were announced today at the opening of the Week for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer.

Three million women across England have not had a smear test for at least three and a half years.

"The message is simple: if you are a woman aged 25-64 then have a cervical screening test regularly".

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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.

The findings were informing the Ministry of Health's National Cervical Screening Programme, which was exploring self-testing as an option once HPV primary screening was introduced.

Most cervical cancers occur in women who have either not received screening or had infrequent screening, and 34 percent of Māori women, compared with 21 percent of New Zealand European women, do not attend regular screening.

Ms Kopu-Stone was eventually encouraged by her aunty Sandy Morrison to take the smear test.

The majority (99.7%) of cervical cancers are caused by persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection which causes changes to the cervical cells.

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

"This shows women like doing their own test", Adcock said.

The government still hasn't decided when the new HPV screening test will be rolled out. "Prevention is better than cure and a cervical smear could save your life".

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