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April 21, 2005

Hi-tech probe promises instant test results for cervical cancer

Topics: Medicine

Key points
New cancer test in development, it is revealed
Electronic probe should give instant diagnosis of cervical cancer
Many lives may be saved by new method

- The Scotsman
A NEW hi-tech test for cervical cancer which can give women their results within minutes rather than weeks is being developed for use in the NHS, it was revealed yesterday.

Scientists have developed an electrical probe which gives an instantaneous diagnosis of cancerous cells in a woman's cervix.

It has already been successfully tested on 400 women and is now being further refined so that it can be deployed in hospitals.

The development could spell the end of the traditional pap smear.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 21, 2005 2:16 PM

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