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Cervical Screening (HPV Smear Test) checks for HPV and early signs of cervical cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cervical Screening?

Cervical screening, also known as an HPV smear test, is a procedure that checks for the presence of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) in the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.

Who should get a cervical screening?

Women aged 25 to 64 are recommended to have regular cervical screenings.

What happens during a cervical screening?

A small sample of cells is taken from the cervix using a small brush. The sample is then sent to a laboratory to be tested for HPV.

What happens if HPV is detected?

If HPV or abnormal cells are detected, further tests or treatments may be recommended, such as a colposcopy or a loop excision.

Further Information

Condition Related Concerns

Persistent infection with high-risk HPV can lead to changes in the cells of the cervix, which can eventually develop into cervical cancer.

Causes of the Condition

HPV is a common virus transmitted through sexual contact. There are many types of HPV, some of which can cause cervical cancer.

Treatment Approaches

If HPV or abnormal cells are detected during cervical screening, further tests or treatments may be recommended. This could include a colposcopy to examine the cervix more closely, or treatment to remove abnormal cells.

Service Overview

Cervical screening is a simple procedure that involves taking a small sample of cells from the cervix to be tested for HPV. It is a crucial tool in the prevention of cervical cancer.

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References

References and Useful Smear Test Resources

  • American Cancer Society
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mayo Clinic
  • National Cancer Institute

References

  • American Cancer Society
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mayo Clinic
  • National Cancer Institute
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