An innovative digital health intervention to improve cervical cancer screening rates in British Columbia using mailed samples for HPV self-collection

Despite the success of British Columbia’s Cervical Cancer Screening Program, women who do not regularly attend screening are at higher risk for cervical cancer. New strategies are needed to overcome barriers to conventional screening and improve uptake among non-attenders. This project will test the feasibility & acceptability of using an online service for cervical cancer screening where self-sampling kits are mailed to participant's homes and results are viewable through an online account. This is a partnership between investigators at BC Cancer and the BC Centre for Disease Control, Online Services team who developed the  highly successful online public health service GetCheckedOnline. The pilot will be conducted in the Fraser health region where screening rates are the lowest in the province. Participants who test positive for high risk strains of HPV will be contacted and referred for further testing and care. This approach can improve access and acceptability of screening and prevent cervical cancer among high-risk women. As the province plans for the shift to HPV-based screening, the findings of this research project will have significant policy and clinical impacts.