March 8, 2016
Immunocyto chemistry assay effective in identifying women with cervical pre-cancer
Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX:RHHBY) announced the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) approval of the CINtec® PLUS Cytology test, designed to improve the detection and early intervention of pre-cancerous cervical disease.
A multi-centre study of five participating hospitals throughout China revealed greater overall performance of combined sensitivity and specificity of the CINtec® PLUS Cytology test in determining which women are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer when compared to conventional screening methods like Pap cytology. This is consistent with previously published data and supported the approval of the test by the CFDA.
Virtually all cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections1, but only women with persistent HPV infections who have developed high-grade pre-cancerous cervical disease should be treated. The CINtec® PLUS Cytology test was developed to detect two biomarkers associated with persistent HPV infections that may lead to cancer, distinguishing them from those that are likely to resolve on their own.
About 62,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported annually in China, and about 30,000 women in China die from the disease every year2.
Now available in China, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada, the fully automated CINtec® PLUS Cytology test can be performed using the company’s network of more than 10,000 diagnostic instruments installed worldwide.
About the Roche cervical cancer screening portfolio
For screening, the cobas® HPV Test simultaneously provides results on high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA genotypes with individual results on the highest-risk genotypes, HPV 16 and HPV 18. The CINtec® PLUS Cytology test helps identify underlying disease, determining those who should proceed to colposcopy. The CINtec® p16 Histology test helps pathologists confirm the presence or absence of cervical pre-cancers in biopsies obtained during colposcopy.
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