London: Scientists have developed a new and cheaper test that can accurately detect cervical cancer, a breakthrough which they say could save thousands of women who die of the disease every year.
The test, known as the Cobas test, delivers overnight results and is highly accurate than the smear test that is currently used to spot early signs of the disease, according to the researchers.
The test that will cost only 15 pounds (a little over Rs 1,000) a time and could be available in hospitals within 12 months, said the scientists following successful trials on thousands of women in Britain and the US.
Another benefit of the new test, they said, is that patients may need to be screened only every five years, rather than every three years as required for the smear test, the Daily Mail reported....more
06:07 PM, Nov 23, 2010