HPV screening by GPs beats self-sampling

HPV DNA self-sampling reduces cervical cancer risk in never-screened women, but it would be significantly less beneficial than participating in the national screening program, modelling shows.

Researchers, concerned that too many women opting for self-sampling might reduce the effectiveness of the renewed program when it launches next year, have investigated the protection offered by different screening options.

“[The study has] clearly established that self-sampling is associated with a lower risk of a cervical cancer diagnosis than