Looking after your health is very important and, for women, there are several health issues that you need to pay special attention to.
Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, but women today stand a better chance of beating the disease than they did 30 years ago. In 2008, 2.4 out of every 100,000 women died from the disease – a figure that is 70 per cent lower than the 7.1 per 100,000 females in 1978. This is mostly down to cervical screening becoming more popular since the late 1980s because if patients find out they have cervical cancer early enough; they have a far better chance of beating it. Cervical cancer is caused by the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can lead to the formation of pre-cancerous cells and cancer.
The abnormal cells seen in the early stages of cancer can be picked up with cervical screening and pap smears. This allows the patient to receive early treatment and to be checked for a reoccurrence of the cells in future.
Screening and smear tests are very important because they can stop cervical cancer developing in the first place. The symptoms of cervical cancer don’t usually present themselves until the disease has reached an advanced stage, so it is much safer to catch the disease before this time. Cervical cancer can also be prevented with the HPV vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil, which can treat HPV infections and help to stop them causing cancer.
Broadgate General Practice offers the Cervarix and Gardasil vaccines, which both involve a course of three injections. The cost is £150 per dose and the vaccinations are recommended for girls and women aged nine to 26.
If you have been putting off going for a smear test because you are apprehensive about the procedure, then don’t be – our discreet and sensitive health practitioners will take the fear and stress out of your visit and put you at ease. And because we are based in the heart of London, it is easy to visit us after work or in your lunch break.
For more information, call 020 7638 4330 today.