Cervical cancer can often be prevented if early changes are detected. This is why it is important to attend your routine smear examinations. Please book in with one of our nurses for your test.
Cervical screening is carried out to look at the cells of the cervix (lower part of the womb) when you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms such as bleeding or pain you should see your doctor as a smear test may not show up the cause for this. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix and changes to the cells of the cervix that can lead to cancer.
Most women's test results show that everything is normal. For one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.
This information leaflet from patient.co.uk has more information about cervical screening. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Cervical-Screening-Test.htm
More information about cervical screening can be found here: NHS Choices - Cervical Screening or here: Cervical Screening
Breast screening is offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Women from different GP practices are invited in turn. This means that you may not receive an invitation for screening as soon as you are 50 but you should receive your first invitation before your 53rd birthday.
This information leaflet from patient.co.uk has more information about breast screening. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/breast-screening
More information can also be found at this website. Click on the purple ‘about breast screening’ section on the right and side. www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/breastscreen/
Screening is important in women without symptoms but if you notice changes in your breasts you should be checked by your GP as you may need other tests or examinations.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice