Cervical Cancer Screening
At Hello Doctor, Cervical Cancer Screening is used to look for changes in the cells of cervix, which could lead to cancer. Cervix is an opening to uterus and is located at the top of vagina. This test is not for cancer; this test helps in preventing cancer.
At the time of screening appointment, the doctor will take a small sample of cells from your cervix. This sample will be tested for changes to the cells of your cervix. If the doctor finds abnormal changes early, this means the condition can be treated early and monitored so the condition does not turn into cervical cancer. You will get your results usually in about 2 weeks but at Hello Doctor, on latest cervical cancer screening machine, you can get results in just less than 1-minut
How does cervical cancer occur ?
Cervical cancer develops when the cervical cells grow abnormally and are out of control. These cells invade into cervical tissue. In severe cases, these cancerous cells spread to other organs as well.
What causes cervical cancer ?
Majority of the cases of cervical cancer are caused by an infection with HPV. HPV is a virus, which enters cells and changes them. HPV has certain types linked with cervical cancer as well as cancer of throat, mouth, anus, penis, vagina and vulva.
Why is this screening important ?
Normally, it takes 3 to 7 for high-grade changes in the cervical cells to turn into cancer. Cervical cancer screening detects the changes prior to becoming cancer. Women with high-grade changes may get the treatment to have cells removed. However, women with low-grade changes may be tested frequently to see if their cells can go back to normal.