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"Womb cancer is the sixth most common cancer affecting women, with approximately 382,000 new diagnoses and 89,900 deaths from the disease in 2018 globally.

Most women present early following the onset of postmenopausal bleeding and have a good prognosis.

However, 20% of women present with advanced disease, and have a 5-year survival rate of just 15%".

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/simple-urine-test-can-detect-womb-cancer/

"Womb cancer is the sixth most common cancer affecting women, with approximately 382,000 new diagnoses and 89,900 deaths from the disease in 2018 globally. Most women present early following the onset of postmenopausal bleeding and have a good prognosis. However, 20% of women present with advanced disease, and have a 5-year survival rate of just 15%". https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/simple-urine-test-can-detect-womb-cancer/

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[–] Srfthrowaway 7 points Edited

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-21257-6

Link to the actual article, it's open access.

This is a promising proof-of-concept that sets the stage for (hopefully) a large multicenter trial.

The idea is that cancer cells are she's through urine and vaginal tissue, so collecting samples from those two sites. Of course we all know how to give a urine sample. The vaginal sample is collected by lavage (essentially flushing) using this device:

https://www.roversmedicaldevices.com/cell-sampling-devices/delphi-screener/

The device is already used in some places for cervical cancer screening instead of the usual Pap test. I've never used it, don't have access but I've been watching for it.

Anyway this looks really promising and I'll be following this topic over he coming years.

Edited to say I posted a link to this post over on o/WomensHealthLounge for more visibility. Thank you for finding this!