Private Smear Test in London

Cervical screening for early cervical cancer detection

Regular cervical screening or smear test is vital for women of a certain age. It detects the presence cancerous cells or any unusual change in the cervix microbiome. If you would like a test, we can help you to get tested at a reliable private clinic in London.

MD.co.uk puts you in touch with the best local clinics where you can get tested by a specialist nurse. You will be able to get follow up appointments with the doctor if necessary. Private referral letters are also provided at no additional cost to seek specialist care if needed.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting women globally.

Over half a million women across the world are diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2022. Fortunately, over 75% of women tend to survive for 1 year or more after being diagnosed. The Survival rate of cervical cancer in women at younger age is higher. Women who are below 40 possess a survival rate of 85% even after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Around 900 women die from cervical cancer in the UK every year. Only regular screening can lower the chances of death from this cancer. With early identification, prognosis is much better.

Most private clinics near you will include HPV and its strain test in a private smear. It assists the doctor to recommend individual patients the frequency of smear tests by assessing the risk of cervical cancer.

What symptoms are you likely to experience?

Cervical cancer doesn’t show up any symptoms in the initial stage and thus regular screening at a nearby private clinic in London is important. Vaginal bleeding is the most typical symptom which you may experience when cancer is in later stages. Gradually, other symptoms can be noticed.

Unusual vaginal bleeding can be caused by other factors, so it is important to consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Further testing may be required to rule out the risk of cancer and if needed you may be referred to a specialist.

Book a Doctor’s appointment if you suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding at the time of or after sex (postcoital bleeding)

In advanced stage, cervical cancer will lead to other symptoms like:

  • Pelvic, abdominal or lower back pain
  • Painful urination
  • Unusual vaginal discharge (changes in amount, odour, colour and consistency)
  • Discomfort
  • Pain after or during sex

What to expect during the smear test?

The test is simple and straightforward. You can request for a female doctor to conduct the test. The doctor will make use of speculum to open the vaginal walls and seek clear access to cervix. They will collect cell samples using a swab and analyse the sample in a lab. You may feel slightly uncomfortable.

According to the result, you can make a follow-up appointment with your GP in London to discuss any further treatment.

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