A smear, or cervical screening test, is undertaken to detect abnormal cells on the cervix. It is not in fact a test for cancer, rather a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. However if abnormal cervical cells are found, they can then be removed and this may prevent cervical cancer from developing. Approximately 1 in 20 women show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix when tested.
Women of any age can to develop cervical cancer. It is most common in sexually active women aged 30 to 45 and very rare in women under 25.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.
Time required for treatment
20 -30 minutes
Time until results seen
The NHS recommends that women aged between 25-49 should have a smear test every 3 years and women aged 50-65 should be tested every 5 years. However, many patients come to Illuminate for more frequent testing, usually annual, for their own reassurance and peace of mind
Number of treatments required
Usually only one test is required, but patients may request more frequent tests
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How does this treatment work?
Cells from the surface of the cervix will be collected and analysed to ensure that no abnormal changes have taken place. In many cases abnormal cells will not lead to cervical cancer and will return to normal on their own, but sometimes they may need to be removed so that they don’t become cancerous. If abnormal cells are found you will be referred back to your GP for treatment.
What happens during my treatment?
You will be lying down and will be asked to undress from the waist down. A speculum will be used to hold open the vaginal walls so that the cervix can be reached. Cells from the surface of the cervix will then be collected using a soft brush. These cells are then sent to the laboratory for testing. As soon as we have your results back we will contact you.
Will I feel any pain or side effects?
Mild discomfort may be felt during this procedure.
Who is this treatment suitable for?
Smear tests are suitable for any women between the ages of 18 and 65.
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