Cervisafe: DIY Kit for Cervical Cancer Screening

    Project Code: 188
    A self-sampling test used for detecting pre-cancerous lesions or changes in the cervical cell, and detects for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which is the main cause of cervical cancer. Cervisafe can provide not only HPV DNA test but also Liquid based Pap test. Cervisafe is specially designed to fit for woman's vagina which allows self-collection practical and comfortable without the assistance of a clinician.
Project Overview

Cervical cancer begins in cells on the surface of the cervix. It occurs when abnormal cells in the cervix turn into cancer cells. Over time, the cervical cancer can invade more deeply into the cervix and nearby tissues. It takes up to 10 – 20 years for the abnormal cell changes to develop into cervical cancer.  Early stage of cervical cancer usually do not have any symptoms. When the cancer grows larger, women may notice abnormal vaginal bleeding:- Bleeding that occurs between regular menstrual periods:

- Bleeding after sexual intercourse, douching, or a pelvic exam

- Menstrual periods that last longer and are heavier than before

- Bleeding after going through menopause

Women may also notice:

- Increased vaginal discharge

- Pelvic pain

- Pain during sex

Cervical cancer is the easiest cancer to prevent, with early screenings and regular follow-up. Two simple screening tests can help prevent the cancer or find it early. Pap test (or Pap smear) screens for precancers or cell changes on the cervix that might become cancer if they are not treated appropriately. In many developed countries, the Liquid-based Pap test has largely replaced the conventional Pap test. Both tests have similar ability to detect the cell abnormalities but the Liquid-based Pap test has been reportedly to have higher sensitivity rate, hence, lowering the chances of false-negative Pap results.

HPV test detects for the presence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause these cell changes, which is also the main cause of cervical cancer. The HPV test can detect HPV infections even before the cell abnormalities are evident.

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