cervical smear test

cervical smear test

PAP smear. A screening test for cancer of the neck of the womb. Surface cells are scraped off with a wooden or plastic spatula and spread on a slide for microscopic examination. It was developed by George Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883–1962), an American pathologist of Greek origin. Many experts suggest 3-yearly screening for sexually active women over 35 and women who have been pregnant three or more times. The test is also advised for women asking for contraceptive advice. Developments in cervical smear technology include examination by robot.
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The test is aimed at the one in four women across the region who have not had a cervical smear test in the last five years.
Dear Coleen I'M A 36-year-old man and every few years my wife gets invited for a cervical smear test and my mum also goes for breast screening.
Women aged 20 to 70 should have a cervical smear test every three years.
It is really important that women go for their cervical smear test when invited - more than half of all cervical cancers occur in women who are eligible for screening, but don't attend.
It is also believed that the cervical smear test, also called a Pap smear, is a painful procedure.
After being refused a cervical smear test at 18 due to her age, the young mother returned two years later to be told she had cervical cancer.
The cervical smear test, first described by the Greek gynaecologist Georgius Papanicolaou, consists of cytological examination of cells scraped off the neck of the womb.
A cervical smear test is just one of the tests included in Bupa's female health assessment .
Women are automatically invited for a cervical smear test once every three years.
Office manager Natassja Hall of Almondbury began to feel pain after the birth of her son and, having read about the death of Big Brother's Jade Goody, insisted upon a cervical smear test.
But only four out of every 10 women in Wales have received information about ovarian cancer and nearly one in five mistakenly believe that a cervical smear test will detect signs of ovarian cancer.