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Cervical Smear & HPV

Test for cervical health

A cervical smear (or smear test) is an examination to check the changes in the cells of the cervix that may, if untreated, develop into cervical cancer.

What is Cervical Cancer?

The third most common gynaecological cancer is cervical cancer, most commonly being found in women between the ages of 25 and 49. Every week 55 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, equating to approximately 2,830 cases in the UK in 2007.

Worldwide, more than half a million women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008.
Around 75% of diagnosed women survive the disease. Cervical cancer survival is higher in women diagnosed at a younger age, women under 40 years of age have survival rates of more than 85%.

Nine hundred and sixty women died in 2008 in the UK from this disease. Worldwide, cervical cancer is responsible for almost 1 in 10 female cancer deaths. A cervical smear test is recommended regularly to all women over 25.

As part of our private smear test, we will test you for HPV and additionally will be able to inform you as to what kind (sub-type) of HPV you have. With this information, we will be able to give you a recommendation on how often a smear test will be needed and assess your risk of cervical cancer and genital warts.

Private smear test and HPV Services we offer

We provide private cervical smear tests and HPV tests as part of your overall smear test. We also offer subtyping of HPV if your test comes back positive. This will help us to determine whether your virus strain is high or lower risk.

We also offer a vaccine against human papilloma virus. If you have not been sexually active, this can be administered to a woman of any age. If you have been sexually active, we recommend checking your current HPV status first.”

Causes

Consultation is included in the smear price so the doctor will give you a follow up call once the results arrive. In case your smear would show any abnormalities you will agree on the future steps and possible referrals as well.

Procedure

Preparing for test

Please try to avoid planning the screening during your period.

Results

A smear test is a fast procedure, in which the doctor inserts a speculum into the vagina, which allows visibility of the cervix. A soft swab is used to collect a sample of cells from the cervix. The procedure can be uncomfortable but does not cause pain. We work with female GPs every day who can help explain the test, discuss your relevant symptoms and conduct the cervical smear for you.

FAQ

What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection which affects the linings of the body cavities and the skin. There are usually no symptoms of the infection and it is transmitted via skin to skin contact.

How common is HPV?

Eight out of ten people will be infected from the virus at some point of their lives in the UK. The virus mostly occurs on fingers hands, mouth and genitals. There are many different types of HPV from which most are harmless, but around 30 of them can cause cancer (cervical cancer).

What are the benefits of having smear tests done privately?

Routine smear tests are a vital part of women’s healthcare and having it done privately has a number of benefits:

  • You can book your appointment at your convenience with our private GPs
  • The test results are back between 48 – 72 hours after your test
  • We include a screen for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • We can organise an immediate gynaecological referral should you need one

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Please note that Walk In Clinic is a private medical centre and not an NHS service.