New figures from Bupa have revealed that nearly a third of UK women (29%) have said that they have never gone for any kind of health screening. This includes cervical smear tests that are vital to detect the early onset of detecting abnormal and pre-cancerous cells that could result in cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is diagnosed in around 2900 women every year and is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. Over the past 25 years, deaths from cervical cancer have dropped dramatically, due to the amount of women who regularly attend cervical screenings.
Many of these women said that they are put off going for a smear due to the lack of information on what is actually involved and the worry of how they would deal with the news if they received an abnormal result. To help with this, Bupa are offering fresh advice on the subject.
Dr Katrina Herren, Medical Director, Bupa Health and Wellbeing, said: “Cervical screening detects pre-cancerous cells which can develop into cervical cancer. Early detection of pre-cancerous cells is vitally important in preventing cervical cancer so if your test does detect these abnormal cells, don’t panic. It means that the cells which could develop into the cancer have been detected and can be monitored closely or treated to prevent them developing into cancer.”
A cervical screening is a simple procedure carried out by a doctor or qualified nurse which can detect pre-cancerous cells inside the cervix which can develop into cervical cancer. Early detection of changes to cervical cells is vitally important in minimising the impact of the disease, which is why all women over the age of 25 are encouraged to have cervical screens.
A cervical smear test is just one of the tests included in Bupa’s female health assessment. For women who are primarily concerned with their breast and gynaecological health, Bupa Female Health offers a thorough check and the opportunity to discuss any health concerns you have. This 60 minute assessment focuses on the early detection of breast and gynaecological conditions as well as other health risks such as diabetes.
For more information about cervical cancer and screenings please visit: www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/c/ce….