Pap test could detect other cancers

US researchers identified 12 of the most frequently mutated genes in both cancers and developed the ‘PapGene’ test to detect these mutations in the cervical fluid obtained during a Pap smear.

It detected 24 of 24 endometrial cancers and nine of 22 (41%) ovarian cancers.

None of the healthy samples tested with the technique showed false positives.

“The most important finding in this paper is that diagnostically useful amounts of cells or cell fragments from endometrial and ovarian cancers are present in the cervix and can be detected