Women who are hesitant to have a smear made at the doctor’s office should soon be able to discover whether they may have cervical cancer via a self-test, advised the Health Council earlier today. As a result, more cases of cervical cancer can be detected early. Dagmar de Boer (30 years old) also noticed this. She first received the call last August.
Half of the women between the ages of 30 and 60 do not heed the call. And that is too much, according to KWF Kankerbestrijding. Two hundred women die each year from the consequences of cervical cancer, says Linda Summer of KWF. Eight hundred women get it. We call on you to participate, it could save your life.”
Self-test for convenience
De Boer chose to request a self-test instead of going to the doctor. Not because she found it uncomfortable or scary to go to the doctor for a smear, but mainly out of convenience. “I work during office hours and then it’s just easier to do such a self-test in my own time and send it in.”
The test is very simple, says President of the Health Council Bart Jan Kullberg in the NOS Radio 1 News. “A holder with a plastic brush in it, twist it a few times in the vagina, a simple test, and then send it.”
De Boer had no complaints, so she was shocked when she got the results a week later. She was found to be carrying the HPV virus. “Then I thought, shit, would I still have cervical cancer?”
NOS op 3 explains in this video what exactly the HPV virus is: