Cervical cancer screening: why is it a life-saving test?
Regularly attending your cervical smear test will help you take proactive action against this disease. Although your cervical screening does not represent a treatment, it allows us to detect early ( and very treatable ) disease without letting it develop into cervical cancer.
Knowing that cervical cancer can be prevented by cervical screening, should help us understand the power of this simple but life-saving test. If everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cancers could be prevented.
What do the cervical smear test results show?
A cervical smear test is a screening test to detect abnormal pre-cancerous cells in the cervix (the opening of the womb from the vagina), at an early stage before it develops into cervical cancer.
In the first-line test in a cervical smear now checks for the presence of Human Papilloma virus (HPV) which is cause of the development of abnormal cells .
What is the human papilloma virus (HPV)?
It is important to note that nearly all cervical cancers are caused by a type of wart virus called the human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus is very common. At some point in our lives, 4 out of 5 (80%) of us will get at least one type of HPV.
A smear test can find a high-risk HPV virus and changes early, before it develops into cancer. You might have HPV even if you have not been sexually active or not had a new partner for many years.
What does a cervical screening involve?
Many women have this terrible feeling about having their smear test and most of them are still worried and fearful that it will be painful.
But what actually does a cervical screening involve?
The test involves opening the vagina with a speculum and using a soft brush to remove cervical cells that are naturally shed. It takes a minute or so and its over and you may barely will notice it!
Of course we know every body is different and every one may experience it differently but there is still nothing to be afraid of.
At our private clinic we provide you with a personalised screening with one of our expert Consultant Gynaecologist who will look after you during this important test process. We welcome you to our calm and relaxed environment, helping you through your test and beyond with any question you may have on your result and being empathic to any of your concerns.
Your Smear Test appointment includes:
- Consultation with our expert Consultant
- Smear Test
- HPV Screening
- Physical breast examination
You can also choose between our two options:
Standard Smear Package
Smear test plus HPV screening as a first line test to detect the presence of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) associated with an increased risk of developing cervical cancer. If the result is negative no further testing is needed.
Enhanced Smear Package
Smear test plus full HPV subtypes (comprehensive), an extended screening for HPV(Human Papillomavirus) which provides detailed report of the presence of all types of the virus that may cause cervical cancer.
Choose day and time that best suits you and complete your booking directly using the form below.
You’ll receive an email to recap your appointment and we look forward to see you at the Centre.