Britain develops test for cervical cancer

Researchers in Britain are working on a new test to detect early warning signs of cervical cancer in women. The test follows the development of new blood vessels to the cervix and looks for pre-cancerous changes.

A study conducted at Nottingham City Hospital in central England found patients with the highest blood vessel density had cervical cancer. Researchers studied 70 women with early warning signs of cancer called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, or CIN. Four women with a high density of blood vessels also had a recurrence of CIN after treatment for the cancer.

Based on the results of the study, the new test will rely on machine analysis of cells from the cervix of women to identify abnormalities. Current cervical screening tests rely on the expertise of the scientists studying the cells, so the test could become an additional diagnostic tool for doctors.