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Self-Collection Tools for Routine Cervical Cancer Screening: A Review

  • Othman, Nor Hayati (Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia) ;
  • Zaki, Fatma Hariati Mohamad (Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Published : 2014.11.06

Abstract

Sub-optimal participation is a major problem with cervical cancer screening in developing countries which have no organized national screening program. There are various notable factors such as 'embarrassment', 'discomfort' and 'no time' cited by women as they are often also the bread winners for the family. Implementation of self-sampling methods may increase their participation. The aim of this article was to provide a survey of various types of self-sampling tools which are commonly used in collection of cervical cells. We reviewed currently available self-sampling devices and collated the advantages and disadvantages of each in terms of its acceptance and its accuracy in giving desired results. In general, regardless of which device is used, self-sampling for cervical scrapings is highly acceptable to women in most of the studies cited.

Keywords

Self-sampling;cervical cancer;Pap smear;review

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Universiti Sains Malaysia

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