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Cervical screening (a smear test) aims to monitor the health of your cervix as many changes can occur in the cells in the area which can be caused by a variety of factors. Most minor changes are benign, but some can indicate a risk of cervical cancer caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is common and often goes unnoticed, but if it recurs in a persistent manner, it can lead to the pre – cancerous condition called Cervical Intra-epithelial Neoplasia (CIN). Cervical screening can identify changes caused by HPV and it is therefore important that women attend their regular screening.
During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix. The sample is tested for changes to the cells of your cervix, which always includes testing for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The test results are usually sent by letter, within around 2 weeks. If you are seen at OSD Healthcare, we will call you by telephone as soon as we receive your results.
All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 are generally invited by letter from their local health authority. This is every 3 years for women aged 25 – 49 and every 5 years for women between 50 – 64. Here at OSD Healthcare, we offer a flexible service that can offer cervical smear testing 365 days per year, working around our patients giving them flexibility. Annual testing is also available upon request.
If you have any questions regarding cervical screening and would like to discuss your personal situation, please call our friendly patient services team on 01442 331 900 or fill out our contact form here.
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