NHS will send 'DIY smear tests' by post in effort to tackle decline in cervical cancer screening  



DIY smear tests will be introduced by the NHS, in an bid to tackle the lowest screening take-up for 21 years.

Women will be sent kits allowing them to take their own sample at home, and post it back to the health service, under the schemes.

Officials hope that the pilot schemes mean those who are too embarassed to attend their GPs for cervical screening will take part in the programme.

Nearly one third of women ignored their latest invitation, official figures show – the worst since records began.

Prof Sir Mike Richards, who is leading a review of cancer screening, told MPs that the NHS will pilot schemes tried in the Netherlands, where postal kits were found to boost uptake.

He said the “self…


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