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Completing the Cervical Screening Pathway: Factors that Facilitate the Increase of Self-Collection Uptake among Under-Screened and Never-Screened Women, an Australian Pilot Study
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Self-Collection for Under-Screened Women in a National Cervical Screening Program: Pilot Study

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Victorian Cytology Service, Carlton, Victoria, Australia; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3053, Australia
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Victorian Cytology Service, Carlton, Victoria, Australia; Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
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Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
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Ballarat and District Aboriginal Collective, Baarlinjan Medical Clinic, Ballarat, VIC, Australia
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Curr. Oncol. 2018, 25(1), 27-32; https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3915
Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 1 December 2017 / Accepted: 1 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
Background: Commencing 1 December 2017, Australia introduced human papillomavirus (HPV)-based cervical screening. As part of this Australian renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) women who are either never- or under-screened and who refuse a practitioner collected sample will be able to collect their own sample for cervical screening. The aim of this study is to examine the quantitative results of a pilot study into the acceptability of the self-collection alternative pathway. Methods: Eligible participants were offered the opportunity to collect their own sample. Those who agreed were given a flocked swab and an instruction sheet and took their own sample in an area of the health care clinic that afforded them adequate privacy. These samples were then given to clinic staff who returned them to Victorian Cytology Service (VCS) Pathology for hpv nucleic acid testing. Results: Of 98 eligible women, seventy-nine undertook self-collection for hpv-based cervical screening. Seventyseven produced valid results, 14 were positive for oncogenic hpv, with 10 undertaking follow-up. Three women were found to have cervical squamous abnormalities with two of those being high-grade intraepithelial squamous lesions. Conclusion: The pilot study for self-collection for cervical screening produced quantitative data that were similar to that already reported in the literature, but had a much higher rate of acceptance compared with self-collection programs based in the home.
Keywords: human papillomavirus (HPV); self-collection; cervical cancer screening; diagnostic testing human papillomavirus (HPV); self-collection; cervical cancer screening; diagnostic testing
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Saville, M.; Hawkes, D.; Mclachlan, E.; Anderson, S.; Arabena, K. Self-Collection for Under-Screened Women in a National Cervical Screening Program: Pilot Study. Curr. Oncol. 2018, 25, 27-32. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3915

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Saville M, Hawkes D, Mclachlan E, Anderson S, Arabena K. Self-Collection for Under-Screened Women in a National Cervical Screening Program: Pilot Study. Current Oncology. 2018; 25(1):27-32. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3915

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Saville, M., D Hawkes, E. Mclachlan, S. Anderson, and K. Arabena 2018. "Self-Collection for Under-Screened Women in a National Cervical Screening Program: Pilot Study" Current Oncology 25, no. 1: 27-32. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.25.3915

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