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HPV swab self‐collection and cervical cancer in women who have sex with women

Megan Smith, Marion Saville and Karen Canfell
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50736
Published online: 7 September 2020

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.

  • Megan Smith1,2
  • Marion Saville3
  • Karen Canfell1

  • 1 Cancer Council NSW, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Victorian Cytology Service, Melbourne, VIC

Correspondence: megan.smith@nswcc.org.au

Acknowledgements: 

Megan Smith receives salary support from the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1159491) and Cancer Institute NSW (ECF181561). The funders played no role in the planning, writing or publication of this letter.

Competing interests:

Marion Saville is Executive Director of VCS Foundation, which runs VCS Pathology, one of two laboratories in Australia accredited to process self‐collected samples.

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