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Self-sampling paper wins two prestigious prizes in Mexico

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A paper co-authored by Professor Attila Lorincz and published in the International Journal of Cancer in July 2014 has won two prestigious prizes in Mexico.
The paper, entitled “Specimen self-collection and HPV DNA screening in a pilot study of 100,242 women”, won best paper on public health from the National Institutes of Health in Mexico in 2014 and best paper on clinical research from the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico.
CCP’s Professor Attila Lorincz, one of the lead authors, said:
We are very pleased that our study was selected by these two leading healthcare bodies in Mexico. The country has a large population of at-risk women and cervical cancer is among the most common causes of cancer-related mortality. Our paper highlights pragmatic barriers hindering effective cancer control and ways to overcome them.
The study was conducted on self-collected specimens from 100,242 women aged 25-75 in Mexico and used a high-risk HPV DNA (hrHPV) test to calculate if women were at greater risk of advanced cervical abnormalities.
The findings suggest that large-scale HPV testing in a middle-income country can identify women at greater risk of advanced abnormalities in a meaningful way, but that care is needed to ensure that disease not detectable at colposcopy is kept to a minimum.