People who are nervous to undergo a free cervical cancer test conducted by NHS can now take it in the privacy of their homes by ordering a new home screening test which will be launched today.
There have been concerns that a number of women are not taking the free test available since they feel uncomfortable over public tests. A report published in the British Medical Journal last week revealed that the number of people who are diagnosed with cervical cancer will double if a home testing kit is released.
Such a kit is now available thanks to online service Dr Thom who developed it in collaboration with a Norwegian company. It can be ordered online and is priced at £115. A special tampon is provided with the pack which will have to be inserted for one hour in order to collect cervical cells.
The sample is then sent to a laboratory and the result of the test will be available in three weeks. Expressing his confidence that the kit will be successful, consultant gynaecologist Nick Wales said "We successfully used it with women unable to tolerate a vaginal examination. I believe within 10 years all cervical screening will be done this way."