The number of women attending smear tests nationally this year is at an all time low, however the medical breakthrough of an at home cervical cancer test could be the solution.
The non-invasive test was developed by researchers and is carried out as a urine sample which tests for pre-cancerous lesions and in the long term could put an end to smear test appointments.
As the prospect of a smear test can seem daunting for many women, this may lead many to forgo their appointment, potentially risking their health. According to the NHS, one in three women miss their smear test due to being ’embarrassed’.
The idea of an “at home” alternative proves popular with young women and students who are yet to have their first smear or are intimidated by the idea.
Student, Isobel Lloyd Morris, 19, from Nottingham Trent University said: “While I have not had my first smear yet, the idea of an “at home” test appeals to me much more as it takes away the awkwardness.”
Another NTU student, Anjuli Singh, 21, also thought it was a great idea: “I really hope that this is the future for smear tests because I think it will encourage lots more girls to get it done and will save lives as people aren’t being left undiagnosed.”
All women between the age of 25-65 are recommended a routine screening every three to five years.
Early detection prevents up to 75 per cent of cervical cancers.
It takes around two weeks to gain results from the test.