Dr Neha Pathak led a team of researchers who discovered that many strains of HPV (the Human Papillomavirus which has been prove to lead to cervical cancer) can be discovered through a simple urine test. Currently 900 women a year die in the UK from cervical cancer. Her breakthrough research means that more women will opt in to regular testing, reducing the mortality rate. She was the rightful winner of Cosmopolitans ‘Ultimate Game-changer’ at their Women’s Awards 2014. Her work has also helped encourage more women to pursue science as a career.
A simple urine test can routinely spot human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to the risk of cervical cancer, a new analysis found.
"Our study shows that testing urine for HPV has good accuracy when compared to testing samples taken from the cervix for HPV," said lead researcher Dr. Neha Pathak. She is a resident in obstetrics and gynecology and research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, England.
The test could be done at home, and then interpreted by medical professionals, Pathak added.