This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and this year cervical screening is as important as ever. SureScan Women’s Health Clinic is joining others to support #SmearforSmear, this year’s social media campaign led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
We want to remind women that we are here for you with information and support, particularly at this difficult time. Although the Coronavirus has made it difficult for many to attend medical appointments in the normal way, our cervical smears are still going ahead.
We know that it can be a daunting thought, but smear tests are still the best protection against Cervical Cancer.
Why should I have a smear test?
A Cervical Screening can provide much needed reassurance, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge or discomfort during sex.
Early detection and treatment can help prevent the majority of cervical cancers from developing. However, lots of people are unsure if they can or should go for a cervical smear appointment.
The government guidance says that you are allowed to go for a medical appointment, even within the current restrictions across the UK. However, there are a number of reasons why you should not have a cervical smear, which include;
- If you are on your period
- Experiencing vaginal bleeding
- You have had an IUD inserted or removed within the past 3 months
- If you have had a smear test within the past 12 weeks
- You are pregnant or think you may be
- You have given birth, miscarried or had a termination within the past 3 months
Do I need an HPV Test?
Sometimes, an abnormal smear test can be the result of a very common sexually transmitted disease called Human Papillomavirus or HPV. Estimates show that about 14 million new HPV infections occur every year.
Most people who have HPV never experience any problems, and many cases go away without treatment. But some strains of the virus can cause problems such as genital warts or cancer.
If you would like to speak to a specialist in confidence about HPV or cervical cancer or would like to arrange a cervical screening, phone us on 07835 736627 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org .