General Health Check
Why should I have a general health check?
A thorough women’s check-up to give you peace of mind. Many patients like to have a yearly check-up in order to pick up issues at an early stage as well as offer reassurance that things are working as they should.
We can offer a full review as a way of managing your gynaecological healthcare in a proactive way. It is also a good way to keep up-to-date with cervical screening. We are also able to offer screening blood tests as required.
What do we offer?
The Smear Test
Nearly all abnormal smears show no more than minor changes in cells on the cervix (the neck) of the womb). These changes act as an early warning sign that over time, cervical cancer may develop if the minor changes are not managed appropriately.
HPV stands for the human papilloma or wart virus. The name refers to a common group of viruses that can infect the skin, the genitals and the mouth and throat. HPV is important because the viruses are linked to the development of some cancers.
CIN refers to pre-cancerous changes in the cervix that have been seen on colposcopy examination. These changes can also be known as dysplasia or SIL, which stands for Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions. We often describe CIN in more simple terms: ‘Cervix; In the skin; New cells’.
LLETZ is the surgical technique most commonly used to excise abnormal, CIN cells from the surface of the cervix. Cone biopsy is the selective excision of a cone of tissue from the cervix. The area is identified precisely so that any cancerous or pre-cancerous cells are removed within the cone.