A smear test or cervical smear is done to check the fluctuations in the cells of your cervix. It detects for abnormal cells that can cause cervical cancer.
Our cervical smear test also includes a HPV test. If your test result is positive, the clinic can provide sub-typing of HPV to determine whether the virus strain is a low or high risk cancer variant. There is a vaccine against HPV (human papillomavirus). If you have been sexually active, we recommend you check current HPV status. Those who have not been sexually active are strongly advised to get vaccinated (regardless of how old you are). The HPV types 16 and 18 are routinely given to girls at 12 - 13 yrs - two injections. The second injection is given 6-12 months after the first one.
The HPV vaccine is given to all 12-13yr olds (year 8-9).
It protects against cancers of the cervix, genital warts some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers and some anal and genital area cancers.
Both doses are needed for protection. For those that missed the vaccination at school can have the vaccine up until their 25th birthday.
There are many benefits to having a smear test done privately. Routine smear tests are an essential part of your healthcare. Private smear tests allow you to book an appointment at your convenience with a female doctor if you prefer. You can also get your test results between 48 and 72 hours after the test. An HPV test also included in the service. If you need an immediate gynaecological referral, the clinic can arrange this as well.
Cervical cancer is the third most common gynaecological cancer. It is usually more prevalent in females between the ages 25 and 49 years. In the UK 62 women are diagnosed with this disease every week. More than 3,200 cases are recorded in the country every year. Over 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year across the globe. The survival rate is higher in females diagnosed at a younger age.
About 75% of women who are diagnosed early with cervical cancer survive. The survival rate of women under 40 years old is more than 85%. In the UK, almost 900 women die from cervical cancer every year. One in ten female cancer deaths in the entire world is caused by cervical cancer. Women over 25 we recommend should have cervical cancer screening regularly.
During the smear test, you will also be tested for HPV and informed about the HPV sub-type if you have been infected. Data gathered from the test will help our doctor determine how often a cervical smear will be required. Our doctor will also assess your risk of genital warts and cervical cancer.
The consultation is already included in the cost, and our doctor will follow up with you when your test results arrive. If your smear test shows abnormalities, you and our doctor will discuss what steps should be taken next. This includes possible referrals.
The test should not be done during your period.
A speculum (a small plastic device) will be inserted into your vagina to open and view your cervix more easily. A sample of cells will be collected from your cervix using a soft swab. This procedure does not cause pain, but can be a little uncomfortable at the time. It is best to empty your bladder prior to the procedure and relax while it is being carried out. Our doctor will explain the test and answer any questions you may have with you beforehand. The sample will then be sent to a laboratory for testing. The results will come back in 48 - 72 hours and discussed with you.
Your doctor will arrange a private appointment if abnormalities are found in your smear test. She will advise you on the right treatment plan with you.