Did you know?…
Approximately 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK?
Who is affected by cervical cancer?
• Cervical cancer mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45 years, although it
is possible for sexually active women of all ages to develop cervical cancer.
• The condition is very rare in women under 25 years of age.
What about Human papillomavirus?
• HPV is mainly transmitted through sexual intercourse. Most sexually active women and men will
be infected at some point in their lives and some may be repeatedly infected. The peak time for
acquiring infection is shortly after becoming sexually active. HPV infections usually clear up without
any intervention, but a small proportion of infections can lead to cervical cancer.
• Two HPV types (16 and 18) cause 70% of cervical cancers.
• Vaccination has been proven to be effective in preventing infection with HPV.
Why have cervical screening?
• The aim of cervical screening is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer as well as those who
die from it. In fact since screening has been implemented it is estimated that at least 2,000 cases of cervical cancer are
prevented each year in the UK.
What are the guidelines for cervical screening?
• Women aged 25 to 49 years: screening every three years • Women aged 50 to 64 years: screening every five years.
• Women over 65 years: screening only for women that have recently had abnormal testing.
How can Roseneath Medical Practice help?
See Dr Soori, a female GP with an interest in Women’s health, for comprehensive cervical screening with HPV testing and
quick turnover of results.