Soon, women will be able to perform urinalysis to detect cervical cancer, rather than the current test, which causes anxiety or embarrassment for some of them.
The current test involves screening for the cervix, which some women fear for several reasons.
An experimental study concluded that urine analysis is comparable to a cervical screening test for the discovery of a virus known as HPV, a major factor in the risk of cancer.
Larger studies are needed, but researchers say the urine test will make a radical change in the detection of cervical cancer.
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The screening test prevents 75% of cases of cervical cancer and therefore is effective despite the discomfort and discomfort associated with it.
A screening test can monitor abnormal cell changes at an early stage before the cancer develops.
Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK said that urinalysis would be another option.
The researchers asked 104 women who were performing laparoscopy at endoscopic medical centers to perform urinalysis.
The use of urine analysis to detect cancer was as efficient as the traditional HPV scan, according to a report published in the medical journal BMJOpen.
"We are excited about this study, which we believe can increase participation in cervical cancer screening," said Emma Crosby, lead author of the study.
"Campaigns to encourage testing have helped women to participate in screening for cervical cancer," she said.
"Unfortunately, the results are not permanent, and participation rates are declining after a while, we definitely need a more sustainable solution," she said.
She said a broader study was needed before Britain's health authorities relied on urine analysis as a screening test for cervical cancer.
"It's important to find ways to examine women by avoiding physical testing," said Athens Lemnisos of the Yves Abel Foundation.
"For women who have been circumcised or who have been sexually assaulted or have vaginal congestion, the use of methods that do not require internal research or disclosure could represent a radical change in the demand for testing," she said.