KUALA LUMPUR – January 14, 2019: Are you a woman over 30, who is too shy to get your cervix screened? Fret not, as the government has introduced an easy, fast and less intrusive cervical screening method that you can do in the privacy and comforts of your home.
And the do-it-yourself sampling kit, called the Rose kit, which will be distributed at government hospitals and clinics by the first quarter of this year, does not consist of the much-feared vaginal speculum that is used during pap smear screenings.
Instead, women will be given a plastic test tube containing a swab that resembles a cotton-bud, which users then need to twirl, up to ten times, inside their genital before re-storing it into the test tube. The whole procedure takes about five minutes.
“It’s not painful,” said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after launching the kit here today.
The self-checking results will be delivered through SMS within three business days. Users are required to register their contact details before the kit is issued.
Women need to undergo cervical screening mainly to detect their level of susceptibility to the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus (Human papillomavirus), which ranks the third most common cancer among women in Malaysia.
“We have screened 4,188 participants in five of the busiest clinics in Selangor. We found that 99 per cent of them preferred the Rose method,” said gynaecologist Dr. Woo Yin Ling, the lead consultant of the project.
The kit is a product of a collaboration between the University of Malaya and Australia’s VCS Foundation – a non-profit organisation for cervical cancer prevention. The two had been doing their pilot study for the project since last year.