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Home kits to help cut cancer rate
    2017-November-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SCIENTISTS with Shenzhen-based genomics giant BGI have developed a new home test kit to increase early detection of cervical cancer by enabling women to collect their own samples without having to visit a hospital.

The new screening technology is known as SeqHPV.

Women can use the test kit to collect a sample at home, and then send it to the lab to check for the presence of human papilloma viruses (HPV), and obtain their results online.

“In contrast to traditional detection techniques, the home test kits can detect whether you are infected with HPV as well as the specific strain of HPV virus,” said Liu Na, BGI’s vice president.

The kit is expected to increase screening for cervical cancer in China, save medical resources and help protect women’s privacy. “Current medical resources do not meet the demands for screening all at-risk women, but home test kits can help solve this problem,” said Liu.

HPV is a common virus that is believed to cause up to 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The World Health Organization recommended women get HPV vaccines and get screened for cervical cancer to help prevent the disease.

Around 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths occur in developing countries due to limited medical resources, lack of prevention awareness and inadequate screening and treatment measures.

In China, nearly 400 million women between 25 and 64 are at risk of cervical cancer, and less than half of them have been screened for the cancer.

(Xinhua)

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