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Abnormal Cervical Smears

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Cervical cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, particularly in unscreened populations and those who fail to keep up with screening appointments. The good news is that your chance of developing cervical cancer decreases with effective cervical smear screening.
What causes cervical cancer?
In most cases cervical cancer occurs when the cervical tissue is infected by human papillomavirus (HPV). Women who smoke or have a suppressed immune system are at increased risk.

 

How do I find out if I’m at risk?
The smear test is the first step in detecting early signs of cancer. If your regular cervical smear test shows moderate or severe changes, or if you have two consecutive test results with mild changes, we recommend you have a colpscopy.

Also, if you’re experiencing unusual bleeding, vaginal discharge or discomfort during intercourse you need to investigate further.
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Colposcopy – The Procedure We appreciate this can be a worrying procedure to undergo and our all friendly staff are experienced in providing support. Your gynaecologist inserts an instrument called a speculum into the vagina then uses a colposcope (magnifying lens) to carefully examine your cervix, vagina and vulva. If we find any abnormal cells, it may be possible to remove the affected tissue immediately or treat it using laser treatment or freezing. Otherwise we take small samples of tissue (biopsies) to send for analysis.When signs of cancer are spotted early enough, it allows time for effective treatment before cancer develops.
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Treatment – Surgery

The aim of treatment is to get rid of all pre-cancerous cells. We base our recommendations for treatment on thorough analysis of your colposcopy results and a confirmed diagnosis, as well as taking into account whether or not you wish to have children in future.

Call us today to book your cervical smear or discuss HPV testing and colposcopy.
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