Smear Tests (Cervical Screening)
Cervical screening or pap smear tests are vital for female patients and should be carried out on a regular basis. Typically, patients should undergo a smear test every three years between the ages of 25-50 and every five years following the age of 50.
A smear test identifies any abnormal cells which may be present within the cervix and enables your doctor to carry out further testing, if it’s required. In some cases, the presence of abnormal cells can indicate that cancer is present but abnormal cells can also highlight an increased risk of cancer, which means action can be taken before cancer develops.
As cervical cancer may not cause symptoms to appear until it is fairly advanced, cervical screening is vital to an early diagnosis and ensures patients are able to access treatment if it is necessary. Often, early diagnosis means pre-cancerous or cancerous cells can be removed quickly and the need for additional treatment is reduced.
- MB BS (LOND), BSc (Hons), nMRCGP (UK), DRCOG (UK) GMC License no. 6164162Family Medicine Consultant
An accomplished family doctor and an alumna of University College London and Glasgow University, Dr Kiran Bindra is the first port of call for all medical concerns. Beyond general medicine, she has specific knowledge in the fields of dermatology and psychiatry....