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February 12, 2005

'Urine test' for cervical cancer

Topics: Medicine

It could be possible to screen for cervical cancer with urine, US scientists believe.

Cancer could be picked up by looking for specific gene patterns in urine samples, they told the American Association for Cancer Research.

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(image - Screening can detect early cancer)

In trials, the method accurately picked up many cases of early and invasive cervical cancers.

It would be ideal for the developing world where smears are unaffordable, the Washington University team said.

Lead researcher Dr Nancy Kiviat said: "More studies involving a much larger group of women need to be done, but we are hopeful about the potential of urine testing as a cost-effective and less invasive way to screen for cervical cancer."

What's in the future for HPV and cervical cancer? Vaccines!

Posted by Hyscience at February 12, 2005 12:00 PM



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