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AORTIC 2015 /
Assessing the best screening methods for HPV/cervical cancer in Africa

18th - 22nd Nov 2015

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Published: 07.12.15
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Dr Nomonde Mbatani - University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Mbatani talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about the difficulties facing cervical cancer-related screening programmes in Africa.

She describes the situation of the PAP smear test as being less than ideal because due to a lack of lab technicians in Africa and difficulty getting the samples to the lab, it takes a month for a woman to get the results. Furthermore, she explains how it is often hard to get the results successfully communicated back to the person who has been tested.

The method which involves the visual inspection of the cervix using iodine is better, as the diagnosis and treatment (if applicable) can be given at the time of the test. However, this method requires training which is often lacking and tends to result in over-treatment, she says.

She argues that the most reliable method of screening is the HPV test but that it needs to come down in price before it can be implemented in Africa.

 

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