If you want to arrange a private smear or a PAP test in the UK, we offer testing by an experienced consultant gynaecologist at our efficient and comfortable clinics in Central London.
Regular smear testing is an important way of preventing cervical cancer. By taking cells from the cervix and examining them under the microscope, pre-cancerous cells can be identified and treated before cancer develops.
Mr Thomas Ind is an experienced gynaecologist, providing expert smear testing in the calm comfort of his private gynaecology clinics in Central London. As well as performing your smear, Thomas Ind will explain your results, discuss whether any further treatment is needed and arrange to perform a private colposcopy, if necessary.
Private gynaecology services in Central London
Our clinics in Central London offer state-of-the-art, private smear testing together with colposcopy investigation and treatment in a supportive and stress-free environment.
The Smear Test
The cervical smear is also known as the PAP test. The investigation is an effective way of detecting pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, so that treatment can be started before cancer develops.
The cervix is the neck of the womb. It is the narrow lower section of the uterus, where the womb joins the vagina. It opens up during labour, to allow a baby to be born.
The cervix is lined by a membrane. The cells in this membrane can sometimes change, which makes them at risk of becoming cancerous. There are a number of factors that can trigger this change; the most important is believed to be infection with some types of the human papilloma virus (HPV). During a smear test, some cells from the cervical membrane are taken, so that they can be examined for any signs of abnormality.
Who should have a smear test?
Women of all ages can develop cervical cancer. However, it mainly affects sexually active women between the ages of thirty and forty-five. The condition is very rare in women under the age of twenty-five, so most women should have regular smear tests from twenty-five until they are sixty-five.
If you are confused about whether you need a test or are worried about any symptoms you are experiencing, you should consult your doctor or contact our expert team for guidance or arrange a private smear test at one of our London clinics.
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