What is it about?

Over 1700 women were screened for high-risk HPV (hrHPV) by community health nurses in the rural Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. 99.16% of the women screened utilized self-collection for their samples demonstrating both strong feasibility and acceptability of this screening method in this region. Through concerted effort at the local, regional, and national levels, this project supported capacity building in reporting, monitoring, and surveilling cervical cancer screening across the continuum of cervical cancer control.

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Why is it important?

Cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer death for women in Nicaragua. While cervical cancer is preventable through vaccination, screening, and early detection of lesions, there are several barriers to health care access on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

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This page is a summary of: Feasibility and acceptability of self-collection of Human Papillomavirus samples for primary cervical cancer screening on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua: A mixed-methods study, Frontiers in Oncology, January 2023, Frontiers, DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2022.1020205.
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