Friday, July 1, 2022


The U.S. Supreme Court strips the EPA's power to curb pollution, California takes a big step toward universal health care, and a Florida judge will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban.


SCOTUS significantly limits the Clean Air Act and rules against the "Stay in Mexico" policy, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to office, and President Biden endorses a filibuster carveout for abortion rights.


From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

At-Home Cervical Cancer Test Increases Screening Rates


Monday, November 18, 2019   

SEATTLE – An at-home test could be a major breakthrough for screening cervical cancer in women, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington teamed up on a study involving 20,000 women who weren't getting regular screening.

Half were mailed home tests for human papillomavirus, or HPV – the virus that can cause cervical cancer. The other half received just standard care such as annual reminders for preventive screenings.

Diana Buist, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, says the mailed tests increased screening rates by 50%.

"Which is a lot,” she states. “The women that we tested the home test kit on were under-screened, which means that they were overdue for cervical cancer screening, and that's about one in four women in the United States. And 50% of cervical cancers are diagnosed in those women."

About 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Buist says screening rates are declining across the country. She notes home-based testing has been offered in other countries, but this is the first trial of home kits in the U.S.

Rachel Winer, an epidemiology professor at the UW School of Public Health and lead author of this research, says studies have shown there's no difference between the results from at-home tests and ones performed by physicians.

She says health professionals are looking to overcome the barriers to screening more women.

"It can be hard to find time to come in, difficulties taking time off of work or finding child care or transportation,” she points out. “In addition, many women have had negative experiences with cervical cancer screening or pelvic exams in general."

Winer says not all the women who tested positive followed up and so the next step will be figuring out how to get them to see a physician.

But she notes 88% of women who did the home kit tested negative.

"That means that if you were to roll this out, only 12 out of 100 women who did this would actually need to come in for additional follow-ups,” she stresses. “So you're saving the need for that clinic visit for 88% of women."

Disclosure: Kaiser Health Plan of Washington Project contributes to our fund for reporting on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Health Issues, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
While most classrooms are empty right now, lingering concerns from the previous school year, such as the pandemic's effect on students and staff, are being dissected ahead of next year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Research is emerging about the secondary trauma school staff members face after helping students during the pandemic. As summer moves forward…

Health and Wellness

A Florida judge plans to put a hold on the state's new, 15-week abortion ban, set to take effect today. He said it is unconstitutional and will issue …


The Environmental Protection Agency now has fewer tools to fight climate change, after the U.S. Supreme Court stripped the agency of its authority to …

The only memorial to Anne Frank is located in Boise. (Kencf0618/Wikimedia Commons)

Social Issues

Three projects in Idaho have been selected to receive grants from the AARP Community Challenge. Among them is the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in …


Montanans get a sense of what soil health is like on farms and ranches across the state with Northern Plains Resource Council's soil crawls. The …

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion each year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A new tool aims to help older adults in Arkansas and beyond who receive Medicare track what happens at their doctor appointments. It also can help …

Social Issues

A campaign in Maine is gathering signatures to replace the state's investor-owned energy grid with a consumer-owned utility. Central Maine Power (…

Social Issues

Another important U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month has been overshadowed by the controversy about overturning abortion rights. Legal experts say …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021