Cervical Smear Testing
There are regular clinics here at the practice and the test can be carried out by a female practice Nurse. Alternatively you may have the smear taken by one of the female GP doctors. This test can be done at any time in your cycle providing you are not bleeding that day.
We strongly advise that you have this test. It only takes a couple of minutes to do, is painless and can detect early signs of cancer of the neck of the womb.
You can make an appointment by phoning the surgery or you can book online. If you are not registered for this service, please register for SystmOnline. We should be able to offer an appointment at a convenient time, which includes evenings and Saturday mornings.
Should you have any problems booking an appointment, please ask to speak to Lisa Myers, our Cytology Administrator, at the surgery.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is most common for women aged between 25 and 49 and it is the third most common gynaecological cancer. Around 2,830 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in the UK in 2007, which is 55 women every week. 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.
For more information on cervical screening please visit Jo’s Trust website.