To the Editor: A recent article highlighted a case where self‐collection enabled detection of an early cervical adenocarcinoma and curative treatment in a previously underscreened woman.1 This case underlines the important benefits from self‐collection making cervical screening more accessible and acceptable to women who have previously declined or delayed screening.
- 1. McGauran MF, Pendlebury A. HPV swab self‐collection and cervical cancer in women who have sex with women. Med J Aust 2020; 212: 106–107. https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2020/212/3/hpv-swab-self-collection-and-cervical-cancer-women-who-have-sex-women.
- 2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cervical screening in Australia 2018 (Cat. No. CAN 111). Canberra: AIHW, 2018. https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/8a26b34d-a912-4f01-b646-dc5d0ca54f03/aihw-can-111.pdf.aspx?inline=true (viewed July 2020).
- 3. Saville M, Hawkes D, Mclachlan E, et al. Self‐collection for under‐screened women in a National Cervical Screening Program: pilot study. Curr Oncol 2018; 25: e27–e32.
- 4. Sultana F, Roeske L, Malloy MJ, et al. Implementation of Australia's renewed cervical screening program: preparedness of general practitioners and nurses. PLoS One 2020; 15: e0228042.
- 5. Arbyn M, Smith SB, Temin S, et al. Detecting cervical precancer and reaching underscreened women by using HPV testing on self samples: updated meta‐analyses. BMJ 2018; 363: k4823.
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