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.

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



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.


remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.