Women now have a cervical cancer detection tool that they can use in the safety of their home, thanks to the efforts of a Netherlands-Singapore joint venture.
A pap smear is the test performed to detect presence of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which indicates the likelihood of having cervical cancer. In this test, a speculum is used to scrape off cells from the cervical layers which are then microscopically observed.
Although cervical cancer is next only to breast cancer when it comes to cases of women’s cancer, Asian women often put off screening for it due to shyness or fear of the test. The new test kit developed by Delphi Bioscience seeks to overcome this barrier by making a self-use kit available for sample collection at home.
This consists of a screener that has a rounded tip to be placed at the top portion of the cervix, where it collects the cervical cells. This sample is then to be used to test for the presence of HPV.
Delphi Bioscience BV is a Netherlands-based life sciences company which has collaborated with Singapore-based Tay and David Tan to produce this screener. The price of this screener along with the laboratory test is expected to be around S$79.90 whereas a HPV test at a laboratory costs around S$100.
Delphi is planning to market this screener in Singapore and Malaysia, but not immediately in China because of the length of the regulatory approval process.
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