A simple non-invasive test can accurately detect womb cancer according to a proof of concept study by University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) scientists.
The non-invasive test, which detects the cancer by looking at a urine or vaginal sample with a microscope, could have a major benefit for patients if adopted across the NHS.
Currently, women are diagnosed using a narrow telescope, called a hysteroscope, to examine the inside of the womb where a biopsy is taken.
However 31% of women who have the procedure must have it repeated because of technical difficulties or intolerable pain.
And thousands of women who do not have womb cancer also undergo the procedure, with huge financial implications for the NHS.