At IGP we offer quick easy access to private Cervical Cancer screening in a discreet comfortable environment. All our tests are carried out in HIW or CQC registered clinics by experienced clinicians.
Cervical Screening (previously called a Smear test) tests for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV causes almost all cases (99.7%) of Cervical Cancer, of which approximately 1000 women die every year. Cervical Screening can identify the presence of HPV and abnormalities that could lead to Cervical Cancer if they aren?t treated.
During a Cervical Smear the clinician will use a small brush to take a sample of cells from your cervix. The test is quick and painless and will take approximately 5 minutes. The cells are then sent to our laboratory where they are screened for high risk variants of HPV.
The results return from the laboratory within 2-3 days. Once received one of our clinicians will share your results with you via our secure patient portal. If they feel necessary they will contact you to discuss your results.
A negative test indicates a low risk of Cervical Cancer. Regular cervical smears are still recommended to identify any new changes.
A positive test identifies the presence of high risk HPV. The laboratory will automatically on a positive test send the sample for an additional PAP test. The PAP test will test specifically for abnormal cervical cells that if not treated could lead to cervical cancer. An IGP clinician will contact you when the results are received to discuss your results in detail.