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Home-based Self-collected Vaginal Specimens Detect More Cervical Lesions and Cancers Than Cytology
Date:11/1/2011

, self-collection could be a useful addition to cervical cancer screening programs and when new algorithms are implemented that incorporate HPV DNA testing. This is true for both developing countries as well as in the developed world. Currently the digene HPV test is validated using digene Cervical Sampler and is not validated for use with self-collected specimens.

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QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands holding company, is the leading global provider of sample and assay technologies. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from biological samples such as blood or tissue. Assay technologies are used to make such isolated bio-molecules visible. QIAGEN has developed and markets more than 500 sample and assay products as well as automated solutions for such consumables. The company provides its products to molecular diagnostics laboratories, academic researchers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and applied testing customers for purposes such as forensics, animal or food testing and pharmaceutical process control. QIAGEN's assay technologies include one of the broadest panels of molecular diagnostic tests available worldwide. This panel includes the digene HPV Test, which is regarded as a "gold standard" in testing for high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer, as well as a broad suite of solutions for infectious disease testing and companion diagnostics. QIAGEN employs about 3,700 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information about QIAGEN can be found at http://www.qiagen.com/.

1. Lazcano-Ponce, E. et al. (2011) Self-collection of vaginal specimens for human papillomavirus testing in cervical prevention (MARCH): a community-based randomised controlled trial. Lancet 378. Published Online November 2, 2011 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61522-5.

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