In Hyderabad, at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Dr Keerti V. Shah of the John Hopkins University said that it is very important in India as most of women are not willing to come forward for cervical cancer screening at clinics.
It is known that 1, 26,000 new cases of cervical cancer are detected every year.70% of the cases diagnosed are in stages 3 or 4.
Cervical cancer is because of the human papilloma virus, which has 130 types, and is present in the genital tract. There are 12 types of HPVs that can cause cancer and the most aggressive are HPV 16 and HPV 18.
This HPV is also known to cause penile cancer, vulvar and vaginal cancer, oropharyengal cancer, skin warts and also larynx warts
Dr Shah says, “this self-testing method would help identify and treat the disease in early stages. If a large number of women are tested early, there is a chance to identify the pre-cancerous stage too.”