Queens Medical Centre

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Queens Medical Centre

Opening hours Mon to Fri (8am to 6pm)

About Cervical Screening

 

Understanding the Importance of Cervical Screening

At our General Practice Surgery, we understand that healthcare often comes with its own set of complexities and questions. One such vital aspect that frequently raises inquiries is cervical screening, also known as a smear test.

 

Cervical screening is an important, straightforward procedure that could save your life. It is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix – the entrance to the uterus from the vagina. Discovering and treating these cells early can prevent cervical cancer.

 

Why is Cervical Screening So Important?

Cervical screening plays a crucial role in the early detection of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, leading to cervical cancer if untreated. Approximately 99.7% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent high-risk HPV infections.

 

However, it's important to remember that most HPV infections are harmless, temporary, and will be naturally cleared by your immune system without causing any cells changes. Persistent infections, on the other hand, could lead to abnormal changes. This is where cervical screening becomes vital.

 

What Does the Screening Involve?

The cervical screening process is quick, usually lasting about 5 minutes. A small sample of cells is taken from your cervix using a soft brush. It might be a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn't be painful. If you're anxious about the procedure, our staff are here to support and guide you through the process.

 

The collected cells are then checked under a microscope for abnormalities. An HPV test is also done on the sample. If the sample tests positive for high-risk HPV, the cells are then further examined for any changes. If changes are detected, further investigations are warranted.

 

Who Should Be Screened?

If you are a woman or a person with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64, you should be getting regular cervical screenings. In England, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites women:

 

From ages 25 to 49, every 3 years

From ages 50 to 64, every 5 years

 

Can Cervical Cancer Be Prevented?

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. It is a test to check the health of the cervix, which can help prevent cancer. By detecting any abnormal cell changes early, it's usually possible to treat them, so they don't become cancerous.

 

The HPV vaccination also helps protect against the types of HPV most likely to cause cervical cancer. It's currently offered to all children aged 12 to 13 but can also be given at a later age if missed.


To watch a video on what to expect when having a smear test, visit: https://youtu.be/Afdmh8E5K6M

To watch a video on how smear tests are permforned, visit: https://youtu.be/OU7fZb_sTus

 

Your Health is Your Right

Remember, your health is your right. If you feel uneasy, have questions or doubts about cervical screening, we are here to support you. Our dedicated team is always available to discuss your concerns, provide further information, and guide you through your healthcare journey. We strongly believe that an informed patient is an empowered one, and we're committed to ensuring you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your health decisions.

 

So, let's work together to prevent cervical cancer. Take the first step today – schedule your cervical screening. You can do this by calling our Practice and booking an appointment with one of Nurses. 

 

Your future self will thank you!