What is the YouScreen study?
YouScreen is a research study that will offer 31,000 women and people with a cervix in north and east London the opportunity to take a self-sample for cervical screening. London has the lowest rate of cervical screening in England. Women who do not come regularly for cervical screening are more likely to develop cervical cancer. We hope that offering YouScreen self-sampling kits will make cervical screening easier and will encourage more women to be screened.
YouScreen kits are being offered in two different ways: by post or at a GP practice that is signed up. Women living in Barnet, Camden, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets, whose practice is taking part may be invited.
What is the YouScreen kit?
The YouScreen kit allows women to take their own sample for cervical screening using a vaginal swab (like a long cotton bud). It is free, easy to use and can be taken at a time and place that is convenient. You do not need to be examined or to have an appointment. Most women find it comfortable and pain free. The sample collected will be tested for human papillomavirus (HPV) at the laboratory.
Who can take part in the YouScreen study?
The YouScreen kits are being offered to women who are overdue their cervical screening as part of a study. Women living in Barnet, Camden, Islington, Newham and Tower Hamlets, whose practice is taking part may be invited.
What does taking part involve?
Women who are invited to take part in the YouScreen study will need to:
- Follow the instructions in the YouScreen kit and in this video to take a self-sample https://youtu.be/VTbc8cEl_dU
- Write the date the sample was taken on the sample tube
- Fill in the laboratory consent form
- Fill in the questionnaire included in the kit
- Send sample (completed kit) to the laboratory in the freepost envelope
- Send back the completed questionnaire