Women should be offered DIY cervical cancer testing kits, study says

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Women who do not attend cervical screening should be offered home test kits, a new study suggests.

Researchers called for the innovation after finding that tests carried out at home provide similarly accurate results to those done in a clinic.

They said that self-sampling is a generally more effective way of reaching women who do not regularly attend screening.

The team of experts called for pilot schemes to test self-sampling screening.

Last week, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust warned that the rate of women who attend cervical screening has fallen to a 21-year low in England.

Figures from NHS Digital showed that in 2017-18 just 71.4 per cent of women in England had attended screening within the…

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