SameDayDoctor was interviewed by BBC Television regarding the advice to the NHS that swimming is excellent exercise. Furthermore, we conducted a radio interview about a new smear test methodology being trialled.
The new method could be used as an alternative to the smear test and would not require a visit to the Doctor. Scientists at Queen Mary University of London asked 600 women to provide self-collected samples for screening. Although larger trials are needed, the work has been called “promising” and a potential “game-changer” by charities.
The findings, being presented at the NCRI cancer conference in Glasgow, suggest the method is feasible and popular. However, larger trials may still be needed before the NHS could decide whether to offer it to patients, say experts. Even then, it would only be one option for women – as the researchers believe smear tests would continue in their current form.
But the researchers say that in the future, some women could order the test kits online, use them at home and then send their sample by post to be analysed.