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DIY alternative to Pap smear test 'promising'

06 Nov 2019

The new method could be used as an alternative to the smear test and would not require a visit to the doctor. The researchers from the University College London say that in the future, some women could order the test kits online, use them at home and then send their sample by post to be analysed. Screening aims to pick up early warning signs of cancer that can be treated to prevent the disease. However, experts said larger trials may still be needed before the NHS could decide whether to offer it to patients.