Cervical cancer: Fewer women in Norway tested themselves in 2020

Cancer testPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

During the pandemic, 50,000 fewer women than expected took cell samples. Now the hope is to get funding to introduce home testing.

A total of 300 women get cervical cancer every year. Between 70 and 90 die of the disease.

“We’ve seen the biggest drop in those between 40 to 69 years. We have had poor attendance in general and worked a lot with campaigns since 2015 to raise this number,” Ameli Tropé, the head of the Cervical Program at the Cancer Registry, told newspaper VG.

It is important to take a cervical sample so that one can detect serious cell changes before it develops into cancer.

“It often takes many years before it develops, but when you get a reminder from us every three years, you manage to follow this up well,” she said.

There is still a lack of funds from politicians to launch self-testing. But the hope is to be able to send out home tests to 217,000 women in 2024.

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