Consumer Response to Self-Sampling Methods for Cervical Cancer Screening – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Consumer Response to Self-Sampling Methods for Cervical Cancer Screening

Lauren Rosenthal

Lauren Rosenthal

Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Diane Harper, Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Family Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 7
Presenter: 6

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Cervical cancer is one of the most prominent cancers in the world, as it is the third most prevalent cancer in women across the globe. However, it is also deemed as one of the most treatable cancers as long as there is early detection and diagnosis because of the primary and secondary stages of prevention: “the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening have made it one of the most preventable cancers” ( The problem is that most people are unaware that they are infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and that many women between the recommended ages do not receive a Pap smear since it is not an accessible screening for everyone. Consequently, no treatment will be given to the patient, resulting in a greater risk of obtaining cervical cancer if the patient is infected with high-risk HPV. In this MISSH study, we observe the consumer response to two self-sampling kits used to detect the presence of high-risk HPV. One kit includes the urine sampling method (ColliPee), and the other includes the vaginal method (Eve brush). Women who volunteered to participate in this study were given the options of either using one method of their choice, or using both kits. These self-sampling kits are sent through the mail; and once the sampling is done, extensive phone interviews were conducted to inquire about the patient’s preferences. Through this, we were able to learn what adjustments/accommodations are needed to be made in order to make the self-sampling methods more widely accepted, taking into account that more women feel more comfortable and are more likely to get screened with a self-sampling method.

Authors: Martha Alves, Lauren Rosenthal, Diane Harper, Elizabeth Haro, Christelle El Khoury
Research Method: Clinical Research

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